Review 21, February 2018


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• Ellen Bell on A View from the Bed & Other Observations by Jenny Diski. Ellen Bell recommends these essays for their clean prose and acerbic take on subjects from misogyny to masturbation (subscribers only)


• Eluned Gramich on Bad Ideas/Chemicals by Lloyd Markham. Eluned Gramich has no reservations in her praise for this proudly weird debut novel, full of delights and surprises (subscribers only)


• Ashley Owen on Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard. Ashley Owen recommends an essay collection that is ‘treacle slow’ and ‘hyperobservant’ (subscribers only)


• Fo Orbell on Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. Fo Orbell recommends an essay collection that teaches ‘these people’ how to lose and how to laugh (subscribers only)


• Alex Barr on My Life with Eva by Suzy Ceulan Hughes. Suzy Ceulan Hughes thinks highly of a wise and gently entertaining short story collection reflecting an author of eclectic taste and erudite interests (subscribers only)


• Caroline Stockford on Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin. Caroline Stockford recommends this essay collection documenting the beginnings of the US civil rights movement (subscribers only)


• Suzy Ceulan Hughes on Some Kind of Immortality by Tony Curtis. Taken with the author’s latest poetry collection, Suzy Ceulan Hughes writes, these stories provide an overview of a writing life (subscribers only)


• Eluned Gramich on The Chicken Soup Murder by Maria Donovan. Confident, wonderful and warm hearted, is Eluned Gramich’s verdict on this short-story writer’s novel debut (subscribers only)


• Julia Forster on The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F John. Julia Forster finds this Costa-shortlisted debut novel on a widower’s grief to be well judged and expertly crafted (subscribers only)


• Lis Jones on The Second Body by Daisy Hildyard. Lis Jones admires an open discussion on the concept of our politically and environmentally engaged ‘second body’ (subscribers only)



Opinion: Rebecca F John Bringing Our Ghosts Indoors



Opinion: Steffan Donnelly Troelus a Chresyd




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