Clare Fisher – All The Good Things

‘What if you did a very bad thing… but that wasn’t the end of the story,’ reads the blurb. It’s never the end of the story. As you might expect from the title All The Good Things, Clare Fisher‘s novel doesn’t take such a straightforward view. This isn’t a book about good things, but theContinue reading “Clare Fisher – All The Good Things”

Memories & Vulnerability at Lumb Bank

In the couple of weeks before my ‘Memoir: Shaping narratives’ week at Arvon’s Lumb Bank, I suddenly felt too young to be writing a memoir, which I am. It’s not the end of my life. Memoirs are for old people. Besides, what do I have to say? The other people on the course all hadContinue reading “Memories & Vulnerability at Lumb Bank”

Will Green – Default Setting: A Nervous Breakdown

Edward has a history of alcoholism and substance abuse, as well as self harm. When we meet him in Default Setting – A Nervous Breakdown he has just split up with Jess, the girl he thought was the love of his life. She’s gone off with someone else. And so begins his descent again. Will Green‘sContinue reading “Will Green – Default Setting: A Nervous Breakdown”

Michael Christie – If I Fall, If I die

‘The boy stepped Outside, and he did not die.’ So Michael Christie’s latest novel If I Fall, If I Die begins. This is a beautiful story about growing up, mental illness, social divisions, relationships and education. Will lives in Thunder Bay with his mother, an agrophobe who suffers from severe depression. The only way sheContinue reading “Michael Christie – If I Fall, If I die”

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop is a book about books. But more than that, it is a book about all the things that books contain within and the role they play in life. The protaganist in Nina George‘s novel, Jean Perdu owns his Literary Apothecary, a book barge where he prescribes literature to ‘treat feelings thatContinue reading “The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George”