Crime · Fiction

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

This, like so many of Ryan Cusack’s fuck-ups, begins with ecstacy. The Blood Miracles is the upcoming sequel to The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, the winner of last year’s Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. I was so ready to jump back into the world of McInerney’s wayward Corkonians that I halted everything else I… Continue reading The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

Essays · Feminism · Non-Fiction

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is an important book. It’s a short read, but an emotive, rallying, moving, call to arms. A few Sundays ago, I sat down and read cover to cover. It didn’t take very long, but it left me feeling tearful and angry, but ultimately empowered and full of conviction. We Should All Be Feminists is… Continue reading We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 · Fiction · Literary

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

Like many who loved this book, I was introduced to it through the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2016. The Glorious Heresies was the most obviously ‘me’ book on the shortlist and when I went to Cadogan Hall on the eve of the winner’s announcement, Lisa McInerney’s reading stunned me. I can’t quite believe… Continue reading The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

Fiction · Horror · Thriller

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

“Merricat, said Connie, would you like a cup of tea? Oh no, said Merricat, you’ll poison me. Merricat, said Connie, would you like to go to sleep? Down in the boneyard ten feet deep!” When my work book club announced that this was our February book, I was thrilled. I hadn’t really heard of it… Continue reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Fiction · Short story collections

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

Overall rating: 4/5 I am not normally one for short stories. And when I say not normally one, I just haven’t delved into many because of a preconceived idea that I wouldn’t get as much out of them as a novel. I don’t know where I got this from, but it’s always been at the… Continue reading No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

Crime · Fiction · Thriller

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett

Overall rating: 5/5 The 2016 Man Booker Prize has been described as having the strongest shortlist in years, an impressive feat when you consider that many of the titles nominated are debuts and published by independent publishers. Among those debuts is His Bloody Project, published by Scottish independent publisher Saraband, which caught my eye when… Continue reading His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett