Man Booker 2018 – Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under #review

This is a slippery, knotty, complex story which circles around the relationship between Gretel and Sarah, her aging mother who is slowly disappearing into the fog of dementia. When Gretel was a child, she and her mother had spun a closed linguistic world of their own, coining new terms to suit their lives. The most … Continue reading Man Booker 2018 – Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under #review

Man Booker 2018 – Washington Black by Esi Edugyan #review

Beginning on a slave plantation in 1830s Barbados, before embarking on a whirlwind adventure spanning the globe, Washington Black follows the life and travels of a young slave who has a talent for scientific observation. The eponymous hero is plucked from a life of brutality and fear to act as assistant to the liberal-thinking brother … Continue reading Man Booker 2018 – Washington Black by Esi Edugyan #review

Man Booker 2018 – Belinda Bauer’s Snap #Review

If 2017 was the Man Booker year of debut authors (and I still maintain Fiona Mosley's Elmet should have won), the notable feature of 2018’s longlist is the challenge to literary prize conventions – well, that’s how the narrative is playing out so far in certain circles. Nick Drnaso’s graphic novel, Sabrina, is certainly a … Continue reading Man Booker 2018 – Belinda Bauer’s Snap #Review

Man Booker 2018 – Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room

The protagonist of Rachel Kushner’s new novel, Romy Leslie Hall, inmate W314159, has grown up in a San Francisco which, she tells us, is a different one to the San Francisco we’ve all heard about: ‘it was not about rainbow flags or beat poetry or steep crooked streets but fog and Irish bars and liquor … Continue reading Man Booker 2018 – Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room