Review 16, May 2017



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In this issue:

Editorial: Gwen Davies Some Small Portion of Eternity

Reviews

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


• Chris Moss on Deaths of the Poets by Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts. Do poets have a special, secret knowledge of death before it strikes them? How much do readers of poetry want their poets to be death-prone

• Ashley Owen on Falling Creatures by Katherine Stansfield . [i:Falling Creatures], published in March 2017 by Alison & Busby, is the second novel from author Katherine Stansfield, but the first instalment in her new historical crime series. (subscribers only)

• Kieron Smith on Hummingbird by Tristan Hughes. Tristan Hughes’ author biography states that he was born in Atikokan, ‘a small town in northern Ontario’. (subscribers only)

• Ashley Owen on Light Switches Are My Kryptonite by Crystal Jeans. The story at the heart of Crystal Jeans’ second novel, Light Switches Are My Kryptonite, is deceptively simple: a father and son are struggling to mourn the loss of a wife and mother. (subscribers only)

• Jem Poster on The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer. Jem Poster is mainly impressed by Hamer’s follow up to [i: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 . Unusually, this is a book born in a remote Welsh ditch. Alan Ereira was producing a 2008 BBC Wales series about the road maps of John Ogilby in his 1675 atlas, Britannia. (subscribers only)

• Jack Pugh on Who Killed Emil Kreisler? by Nigel Jarrett. 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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