The difference between actuality and fiction is principally one of exclusion. The short pieces that comprise No Relation test the potencies of this exclusion: how are characters, and how are readers, affected by what is not related, by what is withheld, by what has been potentised by exclusion or by the impossibility of inclusion?
**LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018**
An elegiac, dreamlike novel set in post-WW2 London about memory, family secrets and lies, from the internationally acclaimed author of The English Patient.
The past never remains in the past...
London, 1945. The capital is still re... read more
You come away from Michael Ondaatje’s novel Warlight altered. Closing the cover on the final pages feels somewhat like a betrayal or a bereavement. You do not want to leave, still curious to understand, wanting more. Warlight opens in 1945 with a London family. Rachel and Nathaniel, affectionat... read more
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018'Autumn makes me think of leaves, which makes me think of trees, which makes me think of The Overstory,the best novel ever written about trees, and really, just one of the best novels, period.? - Ann Patchett'It's a masterpiece.' - Tim Winton'It?s n... read more
|Awards:||2018 Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year Winner of the 2018 Costa Novel Award LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE Longlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction |
A wondrous and wise coming-of-age love story from the celebrated author of Conversations with Friends
At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud and intensely ... read more
Connell and Marianne go to school together in Carricklea. Connell’s mother Lorraine cleans house for Marianne’s family. Connell and Marianne affect stranger-hood and spend their school hours ignoring each other while after hours they explore each other’s minds and bodies. While Connell, ac... read more
Rufus Marigold is a primate with a problem. He suffers acutely from anxiety and every social encounter is a harrowing ordeal. A budding artist, Rufus spends his days working in an office.As life become increasingly more of a struggle, Rufus yearns to be defined as something other ... read more
He had read the book so there was no reason why he should not by now have also written the review. He had, however, not written the review and he was, for some reason, feeling disinclined to start writing the review, even though the review had to be finished soon, in fact the soon... read more
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2018 Winner of The Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018 'A beautiful, vigorous and achingly melancholy hymn to the common man that is as unexpected as it is daring' John Banville, Guardian A noir narrative written ... read more
A beautifully crafted novel, The Long Take is an epic narrative poem by renowned Scottish poet Robin Robertson. Kicking off in New York, 1946, it follows the life of Walker, a recently returned soldier. A survivor of D-Day, Walker is displaced by trauma, unable to return to his family... read more
The publication of A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin's dazzling collection of short stories, marked the rediscovery of a writer whose talent had gone unremarked by many.
The incredible reaction to Lucia's writing - her ability to capture the beauty and ugline... read more
Reviewed by Pascale, one of our longstanding casual staff members and a creative writing major.
Murakami’s new novel Killing Commendatore is the Kyoto-born author at his whimsical best. Compelling and enigmatic, it follows a Japanese portrait painter and the un... read more
NAMED A RECOMMENDED BOOK OF 2018 BY
The New York Times - The Chicago Reader - Nylon - The Boston Globe - The Huffington Post - The Rumpus - The AV Club - Southern Living - The Millions - Buzzfeed - Esquire
A powerful and moving new novel from an award-winning, acclaimed author: in t... read more
Census is a beautiful portrait of parental love. Jesse Ball’s novel is dedicated to his brother, who died at 24. As a child, the author believed he would be his sibling’s carer. In the forward, Ball talks about the difficulty of writing a book from the perspective of a Down Syndrome adult: how to... read more
'Jam-packed with insights you'll want to both text to your friends and tattoo on your skin . . . A sweeping view of a human mind trying to make order of the world around us.' Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires EverywhereThink of this as a short book composed entirely of what I h... read more
“Think of this as a short book composed entirely of what I hoped would be a long book’s quotable passages,” states Manguso in one of the 300 aphorisms and ‘arguments’ (as in ‘the argument of the story’ rather than a disputation) that comprise this enjoyable little book. Indeed t... read more
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014 'The Absent Therapist is a miniature but infinite novel, and unlike anything I've read before. It's just achingly good.' Luke Kennard The Absent Therapist is a book of soundings, a jostle of voices that variously argue, remember, exp... read more
To read this book is to be drawn into a kaleidophone of voices, first-person narrative fragments, tiny stories bearing the impress of larger, untold stories; wry observations unknowingly made by unobservant people, anecdotes with perfectly deflating punch-lines, almost-jokes... read more
|Awards:||Longlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018|
In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes "interesting," the last thing she ever wanted t... read more
The reason this book has a sunset on the cover - a cover that postponed my considering reading it until I was challenged to pick a winner from this year’s Booker short list* (intolerant as I am of pictorial schmaltz) - becomes apparent in the third chapter, when the narrator’s French language ev... read more