Lovely new review for Gone Again


It’s the book that keeps on rolling. Here’s a brand new lovely review of Gone Again by Sarah Hardy over at By The Letter blog. Thanks, Sarah!

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Big Issue book reviews round-up



illustration by Dom McKenzie

Here are a bunch of new book reviews that I wrote for The Big Issue. Enjoy!

In Her Wake (Orenda) by Amanda Jennings

The Sunlight Pilgrims (William Heinemann) by Jenni Fagan

Dodgers (No Exit) by Bill Beverly

Patience (Jonathan Cape) by Daniel Clowes

Dog Run Moon (Granta) by Callan Wink

Treats (Freight) by Lara Williams

Quicksand (Harvill Secker) by Henning Mankell

Nobody Told Me (Blackfriars) by Hollie McNish


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My review of The Brilliant & Forever by Kevin MacNeil


So after nine years of writing for them, this is likely my last book review in the Independent on Sunday. A lovely and very funny novel by Kevin MacNeil. Enjoy!


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Round Up of my Big Issue Book Reviews


I’ve reviewed six books in The Big Issue recently. Namely:

The North Water by Ian McGuire

The Ex by Alafair Burke

Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughlin

Shame and Wonder by David Searcy

Cut Me In by Ed McBain

If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester Himes


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My review of Claire Vaye Watkins’ Gold Fame Citrus in Indy on Sunday


So while I’m in an info-dump kind of mood, here’s my Indy on Sunday review of Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins, a dystopian doo-dah I didn’t really dig.

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Great review of The Jump at Promoting Crime Fiction

I’ve been insanely busy recently, and only just spotted this amazing review for THE JUMP over on Lizzie Hayes’ Promoting Crime Fiction blog. The review was written by Marsali Taylor: ‘A strong psychological thriller with characters whose emotions haunt you long after you’ve finished reading.’ Thanks!


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I was on The Janice Forsyth Show today


In case you don’t know, The Janice Forsyth Show is BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship daytime arts programme. It’s cracking, and she’s lovely. Anyhoo, I was on it today, as part of their regular Tuesday Review.

Alongside TV critic Paul Whitelaw and playwright Sophie Good, we talked about the new second series of Happy Valley starring Sara Lancashire, Henning Mankell’s posthumous book of essays Quicksand, and Elton John’s new album. A good time was had by all. Except for when we listened to the Elton John album. Tune in from 1hr 25mins onwards. Enjoy!

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