Margaret Atwood’s sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ begins fifteen years after Offred makes her final appearance in the original novel. I share my thoughts on this highly anticipated dystopian tale.
21st Century Literature
A splendidly inventive collection of short stories from Ali Smith, author of How to be both, winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize and the Costa Novel Award.
A cleverly inventive, well-crafted debut novel about loneliness and hope – set on an offshore windfarm in the near future.
A fun tag in which I share a picture (or ‘shelfie’) of a favourite bookshelf and answer ten associated questions. This time I celebrate Margaret Atwood Reading Month.
A comprehensive checklist of Margaret Atwood’s publications from 1961 to the present day.
Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer.
In the summer of 1727, a party of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. How will they survive?
Magdalena McGuire’s debut novel is a vivid and intimate exploration of a young woman’s struggle to find her place in the world.
A 21st-century coming-of-age story, set against the emotive backdrop of the United Kingdom’s breakaway from the European Union and its threatened rupture with Scotland.
We look at an anthology of short stories written on themes of community and hope by a mix of the UK’s best known writers and previously unpublished authors, whose pieces were chosen by Kathy Burke from over 250 entries.
A powerful novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.
Young Silvie, along with her mother and abusive father, are in a remote Northumberland camp as an exercise in experiential archaeology. Sarah Moss’s forthcoming novel has much to say about female affinity and friendship.
A dark but highly amusing coming-of-age story, which encompasses sexuality, mental health, class, religion and contemporary politics. Caoilinn Hughes has written a stunningly ambitious debut novel.
After masses of nominations and much lively debate Hay Fest came up with the top 100 books by women over the last century. I intend to read my way through the list!
A deft, dazzling, diligently researched debut about a literary icon and his beautiful, wealthy, spoiled Swans.
Can we ever be wholly free? In this book Margaret Atwood holds a mirror up to our own world. The reflection we are faced with, of men and women in prisons literal and metaphorical, is frightening but not without hope.
Meet Me at the Museum is an epistolary story of love and selflessness. It put a smile on this reader’s face.
Told through the ruptured lives of three siblings, The End of Loneliness is a heartfelt, enriching novel about loss and loneliness, family and love.
Stephanie Butland’s novel is the ideal read for a tome-weary bibliophile looking for something undemanding but intelligent to fill a relaxing evening.
A moving story of first love told in old age, looking back at a hidden world of suburban secrets and sham respectability.