Review 16, May 2017

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In this issue:

Editorial: Gwen Davies Some Small Portion of Eternity


• Jack Pugh on Ancestral Lines Jack Pugh enjoys a poetry collection inspired by family photographs that attempts to reconcile the grittiness of ‘place’ with its memory in Ancestral Lines by Jeremy Hooker. (subscribers only)

• Chris Moss on Deaths of the Poets by Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts. Chris Moss argues that in this collaborative work between living poets, death is too grave a subject for a guidebook treatment in first person plural

• Ashley Owen on Falling Creatures by Katherine Stansfield. Ashley Owen finds much to love in Falling Creatures. This, the author's first in an historical crime fiction series encompasses scandalous, brutal murder involving a love triangle, and questions of inheritance, and yet the prevailing mood is quiet unease (subscribers only)

• Kieron Smith on Hummingbird by Tristan Hughes. Kieron Smith delves into this Ontario-set novel by Tristan Hughes, finding its demonstration of emotional resonances of places to be spectacular (subscribers only)

• Ashley Owen on Lightswitches Are My Kryptonite by Crystal Jeans. The loss of a wife and mother is the subject of Crystal Jeans’ fiercely honest second novel. Ashley Owen is greatly moved and finds that it subverts clichés about male grief and compromised communication (subscribers only)

• Jem Poster on The Doll Funeral Jem Poster is mainly impressed by Hamer’s follow up to The Girl in the Red Coat, a complex exploration of ancestry and inheritance enriched by a shadowy supernatural dimension (subscribers only)

• Mike Parker on The Nine Lives of John Ogilby by Alan Ereira. Mike Parker traces Alan Ereira's progress journeying through the 'back of beyond' maps of John Ogilby. (subscribers only)

• Jack Pugh on Who Killed Emil Kreisler? Jack Pugh writes that this noirish and bleak short story collection, influenced by music in its subject, cadence and pacing, is best listened to with, or as, jazz. (subscribers only)

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