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Saskia Vogel’s beautifully written debut, Permission, is about sex, power, and, yes, BDSM. But it’s also about grief, belonging and the healing that comes from such intimacy, writes our guest editor Elodie Rose Barnes.
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Kim Sherwood, award-winning author of Testament, talks to Miriam Al Jamil about her debut novel and its origins, her creative process and her exciting second novel.
Read More “Interview with award-winning novelist, Kim Sherwood – ‘There is a boldness now in women’s writing, a refusal to apologise’”
With The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, Okechuckwu Nzelu has crafted a brilliant novel about a young woman trying to discover her Nigerian roots and navigate the complexities of love.
Read More “The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu – a beautiful, funny, warm debut”
For women in Northern Ireland and a post-Repeal Republic telling stories which speak from the body and its traumas remains a powerful tool, argues Laura Hackett when considering the work of Sally Rooney, Lucy Caldwell, Sinéad Gleeson and others.
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An Iron Age re-enactment in Northumberland takes a brutal turn in Sarah Moss’ Ghost Wall. With parallels to Brexit Britain, Moss’ slender novel is a coming-of-age tale with a twist.
Read More “Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss – a slim slip of a book, with so much depth within”
Joanne Ramos’ ambitious debut novel, The Farm, questions the ethics of surrogacy and charts the lives of four women who become involved in a spa-like fertility facility in a bid to have a more secure, comfortable life.
Read More “The Farm by Joanne Ramos – a gripping read that questions the fertility industry”
Helen Oyeyemi’s latest novel, Gingerbread, surreally blurs fact and fiction in a tale involving three generations of women who love to bake.
Read More “Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread – a surreal and fantastical story about mother-daughter relationships”
Daisy Johnson’s 2018 Man Booker-shortlisted novel, Everything Under, rewrites the Oedipus myth into a mother-daughter story set in an eerie, waterlogged world.
Read More “Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under – a clever, murky retelling of the Oedipus myth”
Damian Barr’s moving debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here, follows the stories of two people who lived over one hundred years apart, but whose lives are inexplicably connected through the colonial horrors of the past.
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After several years in London, Jamaican servant Frannie Langton finds herself on trial for the murder of her English master and mistress – but she has no memory of that fatal evening. Our arts contributor, My Ly, reviews Sara Collins’ atmospheric and evocative debut novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton.
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