Monthly Archives: September 2018

How to be Famous

The sequel to How to Build a Girl. Took me back to the 90’s and reminded me of the good bits. I like CM’s writing, I find it relatable and the story was uplifting. A nice read.

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The Cows

I really enjoyed this. Characters are slightly caricature-ish but the main plot event (a women filmed masturbating on a train) is extremely brave. I found it immensely readable; its up to the minute contemporary and feminist. Don’t follow the herd!

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Sober Stick Figure

I quite liked the stick figure cartoons – they were mildly funny and had novelty value. But I felt that the book read like ‘I did this, then I did this, then I did this…’ The book was ok but … Continue reading

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Property

Loved this collection of short stories. Beautifully portrayed characters and sharply observed. Utterly convincing as is usual for Ms Shriver. Occasionally deliciously disturbing, in the manner of Tales of the Unexpected.

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Home Fire

I read this after hearing about it on Radio 4: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0929rxs I don’t know the myth it’s based on but I loved this book. It truly reflects our time and it’s surprising and believable.

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