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Memory, History and the Allure of the Narrative: Introducing Annie Ernaux

The Royal Swedish Academy on 6 October conferred the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature upon the French writer Annie Ernaux, ‘for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers…

EIBF 2022: Nadifa Mohamed, For Whom is Justice Served?

For whom was justice served on the 3rd of September, 1952? Not for a soul, Nadifa Mohamed declares in her novel The Fortune Men. Released in 2021, the book focuses…

Review: Norwegian Wood

Reading Haruki Murakami for the first time, I was surprised by the transparency of his writing. With my ungrounded foundation of beliefs surrounding Japanese literary culture, I had imagined the…

Review: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Walk into a bookshop and take a step; you’re likely to have walked past at least three re-tellings, one of them probably fairy tale based. Society appears bereft of original…

On life without meaning: introducing Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Reconciling what I believe to be one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century with his unforgivable views has not been easy for me. Louis-Ferdinand Céline, the famed French…

The Kite Runner

The importance of storytelling is often dismissed in this day and age. We are keen to find out information, to be kept up to date with worldly happenings and current…

The Heart Goes Last

Like many of Margaret Atwood’s novels, The Heart Goes Last is slightly disturbing – but for good intent. It forces readers to think about the role sex plays in modern…

The Sudden Arrival of Violence – Malcolm Mackay

The novel is entirely grounded in a realistic depiction of Glaswegian gang culture.