The gentle joy of R.C. Sherriff

In both novels, the characters suffer unease and uncertainty. – but there is nothing dramatic in these novels. How will the committee of the Baldwins’ new housing estate be formed? Was anything ever going to…

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

The Unseen World by Liz Moore ‘Ada Sibelius is twelve years old and home-schooled. Told through a series of interwoven narratives covering more than half a century, the story of the   Sibelius family and their…

Giovanni’s Room

But I did not enjoy it. Kate February 4, 2017 Thank you! (Sorry about the Calvinist outbreak.) I didn’t hate this novel. In the meantime, I recruited my friends J and C, and about four…

What Makes Us Laugh

His short story ‘Frying the Flag’ makes me weep with snorting, messy giggles. Related 9 comments on “What Makes Us Laugh” Shay Simmons January 30, 2017 “Oh, and there’s also the account of the forty-eightsome reel…

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Please click through to find out how this wonderful fox was created! A miraculous and fragile salt-crystal fox presides over this Vulpes Libris week. Related One comment on “Coming Up on Vulpes Libris” thegreatfish February 3,…

Hilditch & Key

The shoes are Goodyear welted in calf leather sourced from Italian cows who speak five languages hand-made in our Northampton factory, the ancestral home of fine English shoemaking,’ and Ibrahim looked up slowly at that…

Crossing Borders

I’m in New York this year, working on a novel about the settlement of the American West, and like everything else here since the morning of 9 November when Donald J. And in reading and…

Chanel Nº 5

For days after the suggestion, when Lucy wasn’t around, the old woman, in Edgar’s presence, would shake her head and mutter, ‘Turkey, my foot.’ Anyway, Edgar liked the meatballs. It was her joy. Having a…

The Book of the Dead

  ——I am one of this world But from tomorrow onward I will be thinking Of Mt. Ebony darkness. This way   … Come closer, Mimimo no Toji. The words broke the silence for only…

Matt Dillon

  ‘Matt Dillon’ is an excerpt from Michelle Tea’s Black Wave, published by & Other Stories. That actor was on Moonlighting, too! Then Matt Dillon came in. She had seen them, in commercials, speaking a…

An Island Presence

As we come down the steps from the Recreation Centre, and into the street crowded with men and women talking, I look at Jay. She wears a baggy black T-shirt and black shorts. She gets…