New books about Austen, Woolf and the Brontës

  2017: A Year of Literary Nonfiction Celebrating British Women Writers Hat tip to nonfiction scribblers assiduously churning out new literary biographies and criticism about these iconic female authors each and every year. Convinced surely there could be no new angle, I’m always pleasantly surprised when out pops a new one. Wherever this New Idea… Read More New books about Austen, Woolf and the Brontës

Walter Scott Prize Shortlist: Sebastian Barry’s ‘Days Without End’

My distraction throughout the reading of Barry’s book is no reflection on it, nor its quality. The same happened when I read Graham Swift’s Walter Scott-nominated Mothering Sunday, though in reading back through a second time I was moved by its beauty. The inability to fully fall into Days Without End is about my current life… Read More Walter Scott Prize Shortlist: Sebastian Barry’s ‘Days Without End’

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Hogarth (July 19, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 0553418874 ISBN-13: 978-0553418873   The Sunlight Pilgrims is Fagan’s second novel, following her much-lauded The Panopticon, a novel about a teenage girl named Anais who, following a childhood spent bouncing between dozens of foster families, is sent to a live in a home for chronic… Read More The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe by D.G. Compton

  Series: New York Review Books Classics Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: NYRB Classics (July 5, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 1590179714 ISBN-13: 978-1590179710   In an ambiguous future when death has become all but extinct – save for accident and old age – Katherine Mortenhoe is dying. She has weeks to live, her doctor’s estimate about four… Read More The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe by D.G. Compton