Category Archive: year in review 2017

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: P.W. Bridgman

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Cynthia Flood –What Can You Do (Windsor, Ontario: Biblioasis, 2017)  It is no oversight that the title of Cynthia Flood’s latest collection of short stories, What Can You Do, does not end with… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Rebecca DeWald

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Mascha Dabič, Reibungsverluste (Edition Atelier, 2017) Nora lives in Vienna and works as Russian interpreter and translator for refugees, many of whom have fled war zones, such as Chechnya. Dabič’s debut novel recounts… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Henry Bell

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I’ve spent the last six months researching and writing a book about John Maclean. A great deal of that reading has revolved around Socialist splits and grappling with the difference between the SLP,… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Stephanie Green

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Dalila by Jason Donald, about a Kenyan asylum seeker and her treatment in Glasgow and other parts of the UK,  is brilliantly written – spare but heart-stopping. Dalila’s experiences are based on those… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Vicki Husband

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Ocean Vuong’s first collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds is remarkable for many reasons, not least the way it holds its contradictions together with such poise: violence and sensuality, family relationships and the Vietnam… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Andrew Lees

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It sounds a bit pretentious these days but I still do believe that medicine is a calling rather than a profession or a job. In order to be a good neurologist you need… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Steve Mentz

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  Joseph North, Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History Literary studies loves self-interrogation. Usually we find ourselves wanting, and we are enjoined to return to some prior virtue: a politics of leftist solidarity,… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Andrew Rubens

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Daniel Everett Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle As a translator, I find the nuts and bolts of linguistics fascinating, but I am ambivalent about the discipline in… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Naomi Richards

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Thomas Wright, Oscar’s Books: A Journey around the Library of Oscar Wilde  If you love books then this book surely must be a treasure. It is a literary journey through the mind of… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2017: Elissa Soave

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I’ve read so many wonderful books this year, it really is difficult to narrow it down to three but, after much deliberation (and sorrow at having to leave off my list Roxane Gay’s… Continue reading

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