Category Archive: year in review 2015

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Samuel Tongue

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Sherman Alexie, What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) I have a book-buying addiction. This does not necessarily always translate seamlessly into a book-reading addiction and I continue to worry away… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: R.A. Davis

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Daniel Handler, We Are Pirates (Bloomsbury, 2015) Until quite recently, Daniel Handler was best known as the creator of Lemony Snicket, the fictional narrator and named author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, a sequence… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Laura Waddell

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This year I’ve found myself reading more translation, more books by women, and more from independent publishers. The most significant reading experience I’ve had in 2015 has been Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan series translated… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Mark West

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I’m going to cheat ever-so-slightly by choosing not three individual books, but three groupings, because this was a year I was able to read more widely and more voraciously after the narrower, more… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Rebecca DeWald

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Timothy Egan, The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest (Vintage, 1990) In 2015, I was lucky enough to be able to embark on a road trip, beginning in Vancouver… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Stephanie Green

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The Art of Falling, by Kim Moore (Seren, 2015) Kim Moore’s The Art of Falling is from the gut, as you would expect from someone who comes from a line of scaffolders, plasterers and… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Canongate, 2015) There are many shocking things about Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary but perhaps the most shocking of all is the fact that, while it was written in 2005,… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Richie McCaffery

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Although 2015 has been a good, rich year for poetry publications (Edwin Morgan’s The Midnight Letterbox: Selected Correspondence 1950-2010 to name just one of many published gems), it has been a disastrous year… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Naomi Richards

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Eudora Welty, One writer’s Beginnings (Harvard University Press, 1983) These meditative autobiographical essays are based on three lectures Welty gave at Harvard University in 1983. This book is full of warmth, humour and quirkiness,… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Michael O’Brien

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Philip K. Dick, VALIS (Gollancz, 1981) VALIS (1981) falls into the late-to-death period of Dick’s oeuvre which was dominated by theological concerns. Following Dick’s early critique of capitalism, and middling ontological deconstruction of… Continue reading

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