The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrère

Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale. What makes a murderer? It is an endlessly fascinating subject we try to solve, try to find a way to give reason to the unreasonable. Analysis of true crime ranges from the engrossing to the dull and in the Adversary, Emmanuel Carrère takes on the story of Jean-Claude Romand, a book that is far from dull. “Acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Emmanuel Carrère, whose fiction John Updike described ………

Wake Me When I’m Gone by Odafe Atogun

There are books that pass me by as though I had never read them, books that become part of me and all my words are spent describing them, and then there are astonishing books my vocabulary can’t even vocalise. Wake We When I’m Gone by Odafe Atogun is just that. “Everyone says that Ese is the most beautiful woman in the region, but a fool. A young widow, she lives in a village, where the ………

The Lessons by Naomi Alderman

I’m an anxious person. If there is something to worry about I’m there worrying about it. I’m currently worried that Federer both will and won’t win his match in the second round, I am nothing but contradictory. (By the time this post goes out I’m sure I’ll have some clarity.) So while I dive into books to escape a fluctuating reality, I love it when a book makes me anxious. If it’s making me anxious it’s ………

Literary Life: April – June in Review

“Citizens of Earth, rejoice. Your Lord and Master stands on high.” Oh, hi there. Doctor Who fans may understand the reference above. To avoid spoilers, the last two episodes have felt like a glorious reward for a season of ‘meh’, an investment paid off. Anyway, welcome to a brief review of what I’ve been up to / reading since last I wrote. I’ve not been invested in the blog (or other people’s) for the last ………