The Bell Jar but make it Irish – Reading Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

Just because she happens to be Irish, millennial and female, doesn’t mean you get to call Naoise Dolan Sally Rooney‘s twin. Hong Kong, deadpan prose and 275 pages of solipsism. This is Naoise Dolan’s debut novel and, although I’ve just made it sound a bit crap with that summary, Exciting Times is one of theContinue reading “The Bell Jar but make it Irish – Reading Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan”

Book Club Round 4 – People’s Choice

So the book club is back after, let’s be honest, the complete failure that was One Hundred Years of Solitude! Understandably, the majority of our members (myself very much included) struggled with last month’s entry. Thoughts and questions about it are on their way, but I think we were pretty surprised by just how denseContinue reading “Book Club Round 4 – People’s Choice”

Where do we go from here? – Reading and Reflecting with Intimations by Zadie Smith

Ruminating on 2020, Zadie Smith captures how we all feel right now – insecure, unsteady, remorseful of the lives and times lost. She also writes it better than we ever could. . There’s an honesty in the way Zadie Smith writes. A self-awareness that oftentimes strikes you as a little doubtful. This may come asContinue reading “Where do we go from here? – Reading and Reflecting with Intimations by Zadie Smith”