International Fiction reviews

Her Body & Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Her Body & Other Parties is an exhilarating fiction debut – a wild, sprawling collection of stories that explore the reality of being a woman. Carmen Maria Machado draws from fairy tales, science fic…

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The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

Having listened to Mary Beard talk about Women & Power, starting with an incident in Homer’s The Odyssey, (‘I want to start very near the beginning of the tradition of Western literature, and its fir…

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Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block

Reviewed by Tristen Kiri Brudy

There are many ways to describe the titular Oliver Loving – his mother’s favourite son, a beloved older brother to Charlie, and an aspiring poet. He has also been comatose (perhaps even brain-dead) f…

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Reviewed by Pilgrim Hodgson

If you knew the date of your death, how would you choose to live the rest of your life? In the late ’60s in New York’s Lower East Side, word spreads of a psychic who can predict the date a person wil…

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The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Julian Barnes’ writing has always dealt with the complicated notions of history and truth. We saw this clearly in his Man Booker Prize-winning title, The Sense of an Ending, which prompts the reader …

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Savages: The Wedding by Sabri Louatah

Reviewed by George Delaney

Savages: The Wedding is the first instalment in Sabri Louatah’s Saint-Etienne Quartet, a cycle of political dramas centring on an Algerian family in that region of central France. The novel opens on …

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The Melody by Jim Crace

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

It was always going to be a tough act for Jim Crace to follow. I’d only just finished reading the astonishing Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, when I picked up The Melody to review. But of co…

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

A bestseller in Japan and now internationally, The Travelling Cat Chronicles (translated by Murakami translator Philip Gabriel) takes us on the road with Nana and his owner Satoru. Taken in by Satoru…

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Heather, The Totality by Matthew Weiner

Reviewed by Jo Case

I was excited to read the first novel from Matthew Mad Men Weiner – not just because he’s the meticulous craftsman at the helm of one of my favourite screen stories, but because he’s often cited 1950…

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Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

Reviewed by Chris Dite

In the near future Britain has become a place of complete and utter transparency. Every utterance is recorded. Parliament has been disbanded. But this is no hackneyed North Korea. Everyone sees, hear…

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