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”

The Original Fanfic? Reading Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

Antoinette really is the girl he told you not to worry about. *WARNING* this review will 100% spoil the entire plot of Jane Eyre for you so stop reading right this second if you don’t want to ruin it for yourself xx Charlotte Bronte’s ‘mad woman in the attic’ is a gothic plot device noContinue reading “The Original Fanfic? Reading Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys”

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo

No-one sums up Bernardine Evaristo’s novel quite like the author herself: ‘this is about being together’ It’s my first five-star review! I would like to begin by requesting that if you have not yet read this book, please go and put it on your list right now. Please. Bernadine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other is theContinue reading “Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo”

Cho Nam-Joo – Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982

Reaching the end of Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982, I wanted to lob Cho Nam-Joo’s 2016 novel across my room. That’s not because I didn’t love it, but because I found it frustrating. Cho’s story of the life of an ordinary Korean woman, from birth to grave, will resonate with women of all ages, of everyContinue reading “Cho Nam-Joo – Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982”