Swing Time by Zadie Smith

I really wanted to like this book and I had been looking forward to reading it since I picked up my copy. I love the jacket and thought the blurb sounded great. Unfortunately this novel did not live up to expectations and I didn’t really enjoy reading it. It wasn’t bad, by any stretch – there are some wonderful bits of writing and some interesting, … Continue reading Swing Time by Zadie Smith

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

This is a pretty dark book, not the worst – that award goes to Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho – but still pretty messed up. However while American Psycho remains the most horrid thing I have ever read, I still felt I could understand the purpose. Yes, it is intended to shock but it is also cleverly crafted and has a profound message about contemporary … Continue reading The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I wrote my undergradate dissertation on this novel because I love it. It also turned out to be very topical as this year transgender is definitely ‘having a moment’ (although I dislike the way transgender has been treated like a trend rather than something real people actually live through). Middlesex was written in 2002, a good decade or so before this sudden cultural interest in … Continue reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

‘Annabel’ by Kathleen Winter

One of my friends is writing her research project on ‘Annabel’ and ‘The Wasp Factory’ so when I spotted this novel in the library I decided to take it out. I have previously read ‘Middlesex’ by Jeffrey Eugenides, which I thought was really good (would definitely recommend!), so I was interested to see how another author would approach the subject of inter-sexuality. ‘Annabel’ is set … Continue reading ‘Annabel’ by Kathleen Winter