What we’re reading: Ryan & Fuller

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving.


Eleanor Jenkins is reading A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan

I’m reading A Room Called Earth and I’m finding it a joyous stream-of-consciousness ride. I was talking with a friend recently about how Convenience Store Woman left me saddened by its rather bleak outlook on the society’s treatment of neurodiverse people - so it’s a delightful contrast to read about a woman on the autism spectrum who is so exuberantly in love with the world even while she navigates her place in it. I’m completely swept up in her thoughts and observations! Can’t wait to get back to it.


Tye Cattanach is reading Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller

A dear friend and I have decided to work our way through the Longlist for the 2021 Women’s Prize for fiction. Such an excellent list! Having already read and loved Luster by Raven Leilani, Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett the big question looming was that classic old chestnut… Where to begin? We decided to start with Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller.

Beautifully written and full of raw emotion, Unsettled Ground is a sombre read. But the kind of book that you feel you have been physically pulled out of when you are interrupted by pesky things like being ordered off a train because this is the last stop don’t you know?!? I am yet to finish it, but cannot wait to do so. I do confess to feeling quite sorry for the Judges of this prize, how on earth will they ever choose a winner?

Interested in the Women’s Prize for Fiction? Learn more about the 2021 longlist here.

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A Room Called Earth

A Room Called Earth

Madeleine Ryan

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