My Big Issue Reviews of Dwayne Alexander Smith and Tom Wright

illustration by Mitch Blunt

illustration by Mitch Blunt

Another week, another couple of cracking books to review in The Big Issue. This time round two American crime novels, Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith and Tom Wright’s Blackbird. I got on well with them both, especially Forty Acres, which was pretty out there at times, but a real page-turner (if you’ll excuse the cliche).

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Two more cracking reviews for THE DEAD BEAT

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While I’m at it, here are two terrific recent reviews for THE DEAD BEAT.

First one is on the excellently named What Are You Reading For? blog, an in-depth look at the book from someone who really seems to get what it’s about.

And there’s also a wonderful review in Northwords by Paul Cockburn, equally perceptive and very flattering it is too.

Enjoy!

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My review of Herman Koch’s Summer House With Swimming Pool in the Independent on Sunday

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And another review, this time in the Independent on Sunday, of the very interesting Summer House with Swimming Pool (Atlantic) by Dutch writer Herman Koch. Uncomfortable reading, sometimes meandering, but intriguing nonetheless.

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My Big Issue reviews of Bethan Roberts and Kerry Hudson

illustration by Mitch Blunt

illustration by Mitch Blunt

…and here are my reviews of Mother Island by Bethan Roberts and Thirst by Kerry Hudson, both published by Chatto & Windus. Two writers with a lot of humanity and empathy.

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My Big Issue reviews of Emily Carroll, Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett

illustration by Mitch Blunt

illustration by Mitch Blunt

Bit slow getting this stuff up, summer holidays and all that. Anyway, here are my Big Issue reviews of Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (Faber) and The Silent History (Jonathan Cape) by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett. The first is a terrific horror graphic novel, the second a weird, alt-future piece of oral history. Enjoy!

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My review of Anneliese Mackintosh’s Any Other Mouth in the Independent on Sunday

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Another day, another brilliant book. Here’s my review of Any Other Mouth (Freight) by Anneliese Mackintosh, which ran in the Independent on Sunday at the weekend there. A terrific debut collection of stories, it’s easily one of my books of the year. Read it!

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Book of the Month at Raven Crime Reads

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So THE DEAD BEAT is Book of the Month over at Raven Crime Reads blog. Very nice – thanks!

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