At a time when the people of Britain (and now the US) seem to be moving further and further apart politically and the voice that shouts the hardest and loudest is the one that is listened to, Ali Smith steps in to calmly and beautifully lay out her case for humanity, for love, for learning, for understanding in a way that only a writer of her calib...

He hated becoming Thomas Ripley again, hated being nobody.

The plot of Highsmith’s novel is perhaps best known from the 1999 film: it is essentially a character study, the character just so happens to have a knack for forgery, imitation and murder. We follow Tom Ripley as he leaves New York (and a bunch of income tax scams) to undertake the task of...

There’s tons to admire in Kelly Link’s short stories: her world building and characterisation are all on point – she tells stories set in these strange off-kilter worlds that aren’t that different from ours (one has fairies, another superheroes, another pocket-universes – the ideas flow originally and freely) but the emphases is always on story and...

Daisy Johnson’s Fen reminds me of that particular blend of British magic realism that is so casual in its mythic and strange elements that it becomes mundane (but never dull) and allows for a greater exploration of character and story. It is bedfellows with Kirsty Logan’s A Portable Shelter, or China Miéville short stories and of course Angela...

Deborah Levy is a writer of dreamy precise prose that stirs within the reader a certain atmosphere of contemplation and sunshine (her stories are often set abroad) that stays long after the novel ends. I felt the same, strange, out of reality atmosphere when I read her previous novel Swimming Home and I felt it again reading Hot Milk...

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