“When All Is Said”: a review of Anne Griffin’s knockout debut novel
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“When All Is Said”: a review of Anne Griffin’s knockout debut novel


Note: plot spoilers and discussions of death by suicide. In February this year, I had the chance to go to Ireland for a long weekend. I’ve been threatening to visit Ireland for years and it was amazing to finally be able to make that happen. Ireland is full of amazing literary nooks and even the … Continue reading

A review of “The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom”: loving outside your faith
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A review of “The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom”: loving outside your faith


Beth Miller’s novel posits the question: What happens when you love someone outside of your faith? There are thousands of answers to this question, and arguably loving the ‘wrong’ person is something humans seem pretty good at since we have been doing it for centuries. The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom is in many ways … Continue reading

“Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?”: a review of Holly Bourne’s novel
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“Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?”: a review of Holly Bourne’s novel


Writing about mental health and getting it right is tough. Writers need to understand and articulate what mentally ill people are feeling and it cannot read like a cliche. Readers, whether they have mental health issues or not, are going to see through platitudes, flat characterisations, and overly dramatic writing. And just like mental health … Continue reading

Interview fail: Han Kang author event at the Kaufleuten in Zurich
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Interview fail: Han Kang author event at the Kaufleuten in Zurich


I have been attending author events at the Kaufleuten in Zurich since I moved to Switzerland. They are great things for the community and I think they can encourage reading, multilingual boarder-crossing, and intellectual discussions about literature from around the world. I recently went to Han Kang’s talk/interview about her book, The Vegetarian. I have … Continue reading

“Vinegar Girl”: how well can Shakespeare translate into modern times?
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“Vinegar Girl”: how well can Shakespeare translate into modern times?


If you grow up in an English speaking country, chances are rather high that you have had to read some Shakespeare. Conquering Shakespearean language, rhythm, and rhyme are a rite of passage every young English speaking teenager must go through. Some people hate Shakespeare, others love him so much that they pursue academic research projects … Continue reading