Academy Street – Mary Costello

It’s 1962, and Tess is 25. She leaves Ireland for New York, ready to begin her life again. Ireland has an unhappy hold on her. Her mother died when she was a child, the memories haunting her as she grows up in the house where ‘Memories and traces of her mother must linger all overContinue reading “Academy Street – Mary Costello”

The Bark of the Cinnamon Tree – Ashoka Sen

The sensual image of The Bark of the Cinnamon Tree is an apt one for this collection of eighteen short stories. Simultaneously warm and severe, wintery yet growing, simple whilst highly stimulating. Ashoka Sen aims to articulate the difficulties and battles that spring from the fertile space where Indian and British cultures meet in her variedContinue reading “The Bark of the Cinnamon Tree – Ashoka Sen”

Elizabeth Aaron – Low Expectations

Our twenties are a time when expectations and reality tread a murky transient place, and the desire to build our identity comes with more knock downs than we may have bargained for. Twenty four year old Georgie works in fashion, lives in hip East London, spends her days in a perpetual drunk/hangover haze and isContinue reading “Elizabeth Aaron – Low Expectations”

The Girl By The Sea

It was a day when the grey oblongs stack up and in to the silvery sky. Sniffs of clouds liked the nose with rain, and the sea crashed like a breaking stainless steel knife being twisted between finger and thumb. Against the gum metal grey shopfront leaned a vision. It was only later I believedContinue reading “The Girl By The Sea”