Posts Tagged: UK

Rose Tremain’s Sacred Country

This novel is very much about the questions, What do I want from life? Who am I? When we first meet Mary, she is six and standing in a field with her family trying to hold a two minute silence for the King.

Rose Tremain’s Sacred Country

This novel is very much about the questions, What do I want from life? Who am I? When we first meet Mary, she is six and standing in a field with her family trying to hold a two minute silence for the King.

The Children Act / Ian McEwan

I recently picked up Ian McEwan’s The Children Act, mainly because I remembered how much I enjoyed Machines Like Me, and I must say that the book did not disappoint.

The Children Act / Ian McEwan

I recently picked up Ian McEwan’s The Children Act, mainly because I remembered how much I enjoyed Machines Like Me, and I must say that the book did not disappoint.

Stay Bones / Liz Bahs

Liz Bahs‘ 2020 debut Stay Bones is a colorful, lively collection of poems that take us to many different places, among them a library in Miami, an Islington bus, televangelist Billy Graham’s headquarters, a pub in Carrigaline, Ireland, and a

Stay Bones / Liz Bahs

Liz Bahs‘ 2020 debut Stay Bones is a colorful, lively collection of poems that take us to many different places, among them a library in Miami, an Islington bus, televangelist Billy Graham’s headquarters, a pub in Carrigaline, Ireland, and a

Alex Josephy’s Naked Since Faversham

In this guest post, fellow-poet Liz Bahs reviews Alex Josephy’s brand new collection Naked Since Faversham: I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Alex Josephy at The Poetry Book Fair in London, UK in February 2020, just before the

Alex Josephy’s Naked Since Faversham

In this guest post, fellow-poet Liz Bahs reviews Alex Josephy’s brand new collection Naked Since Faversham: I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Alex Josephy at The Poetry Book Fair in London, UK in February 2020, just before the

Barry gets badly beaten up by homophobic young men one night - likely another reason for him to keep a low profile. 

Is Evaristo’s Mr. Loverman a Gentleman?

Folk used to tell me I looked like a young Sidney Poitier. Now they say I resemble a (slightly) older Denzel Washington. Who am I to argue? The facts is the facts. (6) Barry turns heads. He is a handsome

Barry gets badly beaten up by homophobic young men one night - likely another reason for him to keep a low profile. 

Is Evaristo’s Mr. Loverman a Gentleman?

Folk used to tell me I looked like a young Sidney Poitier. Now they say I resemble a (slightly) older Denzel Washington. Who am I to argue? The facts is the facts. (6) Barry turns heads. He is a handsome

Rocket Science (2): Loneliest Girl (Lauren James)

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is a young adult (YA) novel by Lauren James, first published in England in 2017. It’s a quick read and tells the story of, well, the loneliest (human) teenager in the universe, Romy Silvers,

Rocket Science (2): Loneliest Girl (Lauren James)

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is a young adult (YA) novel by Lauren James, first published in England in 2017. It’s a quick read and tells the story of, well, the loneliest (human) teenager in the universe, Romy Silvers,

Let’s String New Constellations: “As In Judy” by Rosie Garland

The first time I met Rosie Garland was on my reading tour for The Knowledge Weapon, back in 2016. She read with me in Manchester, at the university bookstore, and one poem in particular (“A Short History of Unicorns”) really

Let’s String New Constellations: “As In Judy” by Rosie Garland

The first time I met Rosie Garland was on my reading tour for The Knowledge Weapon, back in 2016. She read with me in Manchester, at the university bookstore, and one poem in particular (“A Short History of Unicorns”) really

Her Ladyship Makes a Lovely Corpse

I just finished reading Vita Sackville-West‘s All Passion Spent, and must say I am absolutely in love with this book. Or rather, with its central character, Lady Slane. On the surface, the story is quite simple: After the death of her politically

Her Ladyship Makes a Lovely Corpse

I just finished reading Vita Sackville-West‘s All Passion Spent, and must say I am absolutely in love with this book. Or rather, with its central character, Lady Slane. On the surface, the story is quite simple: After the death of her politically

Free Book Preview

Well, just over a month to go until the official release date for The Knowledge Weapon. As of today, you can download a free preview of the book — I’m glad that Bare Fiction decided to … Source: Free Book

Free Book Preview

Well, just over a month to go until the official release date for The Knowledge Weapon. As of today, you can download a free preview of the book — I’m glad that Bare Fiction decided to … Source: Free Book

Portraits Out of Focus: Family History

I spent the past few days with this lovely copy of Vita Sackville-West’s Family History (1933). Note the copyright restriction warning on the front cover: “Not to be introduced into the British Empire and U.S.A.”

Portraits Out of Focus: Family History

I spent the past few days with this lovely copy of Vita Sackville-West’s Family History (1933). Note the copyright restriction warning on the front cover: “Not to be introduced into the British Empire and U.S.A.”

(Not) An Easter Poem

I realize by most people, this isn’t thought of as an Easter poem, really, since it was written with a different, specific historical moment in mind (namely the end of WW1), but when I think of spring, and of life

(Not) An Easter Poem

I realize by most people, this isn’t thought of as an Easter poem, really, since it was written with a different, specific historical moment in mind (namely the end of WW1), but when I think of spring, and of life