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...

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...

To me Lydia Davis is a writer of contradictions: her deceptively minimalist short stories (some are a page long, some are just two lines long) contain both complex explorations of language and flippant funny observations. Read Lydia Davis in the wrong mood and you will be left asking what the big fuss is about, stories like Cows can seem almost dul...

There’s a short story in this collection, Smote (or When I Find I Cannot Kiss You In Front Of A Print By Bridget Riley) that is so brilliant, so filled with emotion and wit and feeling that when I finished it I had to put the book down and not read anything else that day to let its full effect sink in.

Eley Williams clearly loves words and language,...

About 50 pages into Lincoln in the Bardo something clicked, all the different voices came together along with the historical snippets and suddenly I couldn’t put this book down. I was waking up first thing to read it, seeking out seats on the train for extra reading time and trying to eat dinner one handed so I could continue.

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