What is a novel?: Crudo by Olivia Laing

Title: Crudo Author: Olivia Laing Year published: 2018 Publisher: Picador Genre: Honestly, who knows. Autofiction? Should you read this? Um... I was drawn to the bloody meat on Crudo’s cover the way that you can’t look help but crane your neck when you drive past a motorway accident. Maybe it was morbid fascination that made … Continue reading What is a novel?: Crudo by Olivia Laing

What is an ‘easy read’?: The Reinvention of Martha Ross by Charlene Allcott

Title: The Reinvention of Martha Ross Author: Charlene Allcott Year published: 2018 Publisher: Bantam Press Genre: Contemporary romance Should you read this? Maybe, if you want a comfort read. After leaving her crappy marriage, Martha Ross is in a pickle. She has chronically low self-confidence, but with this break-up she decides it’s time to become the woman she … Continue reading What is an ‘easy read’?: The Reinvention of Martha Ross by Charlene Allcott

Who owns your story?: Toast by Nigel Slater

Title: Toast Author: Nigel Slater Year published: 2003 Publisher: Harper Perennial Genre: Autobiography Should you read this? Maybe... Toast is Nigel Slater's autobiography, but not in the traditional sense. Dates are omitted, and instead we are offered episodic chunks Nigel's life up to his mid-teenage years, often (though, annoyingly, not always) connected with a specific food, ingredient or dish. I have … Continue reading Who owns your story?: Toast by Nigel Slater