REVIEW by Claire Pickard

NWR Issue 105

Lighthouses

by Allison McVety

Allison McVety’s third collection opens with two epigraphs. The first, from Mrs Dalloway, identifies Woolf as a dominant influence on the work. The second, a quotation from French writer Elizabeth Badinter, establishes loss, particularly parental loss, as one of the central themes of the volume.

This sense of loss recurs insistently throughout the collection but appears most strongly in relation to the death of McVety’s own parents...

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