I received a copy of this book from the publishers free of charge for review purposes. Receiving a free copy has not influenced my opinion on this book, and all my thoughts are honest.
Fifty Sounds by Polly Barton is the kind of book that I wish I read more of. If you’re a person who likes their books categorised, then I suppose this is a memoir, but in reality it is far more expansive than that. The title, Fifty Sounds, refers to the Japanese mimetics Barton uses as jumping off points to share her experiences throughout the book. As much as this is anecdotes and tales from Barton’s life, this is also an exploration of language, and of being an outsider to a language, and of living and working in multiple languages.
For once, I’m actually reviewing a book not long after it was released! I’ve read some of Kazuo Ishiguro’s other work and enjoyed it, so I preordered Klara and the Sun a few weeks before it was released. I knew it was speculative fiction, which isn’t a genre I usually read, but it’s one that I definitely want to read more of. And this book didn’t disappoint!
Happy Saturday! As always, it’s book review today, and today I’m actually reviewing a fairly new release! Me, getting to new releases? Shocking, I know. Today, I’m talking about Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan. I was very happily surprised when reading this to find that it’s actually a sapphic book. This book features one character who identifies as a lesbian, and another who doesn’t explicitly label her sexuality in the book, but is attracted to both men and women. It’s by an Irish author, and the protagonist is also Irish, but she is working in Hong Kong, teaching English as a foreign language.
I have previously received PR products (review copies of books) from Picador. TW: this book includes war, violence, enslavement and rape. Another Saturday, another book review! Today, I’m reviewing Natalie Haynes’ A Thousand Ships. Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, this retelling of the story of how Troy fell focuses on the forgotten perspective, […]