>>> TCB / Commissioned Reviews


The House That Fagan Built
TCB Review of Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan


KA: After all, women having been telling the truth about their lives for centuries. Who cares? The world keeps turning, more or less intact ... click here to read more







GHOSTLY PRESENCE:


A review of David Keenan's Xstabeth



BH: Xstabeth by David Keenan is a novel, but it feels not so much like a story as a dream, or more precisely, a prolonged incantation ... click here to read more






>>> Submitted Reviews



Two books by Semezdin Mehmedinović -


Review by Wayne Connolly


Connolly: As their communities and homes were bombed and shattered, the book was written as a series of fragments - in poems, essays and notes ... click here to read more







Sevastopol by Emilio Fraia -
Review by Madeline Beach Carey


Carey: Both of these people are lonely, seemingly lost and guided only by the will to imagine—the ephemeral hope of stories ... click here to read more







Every Fruit Is a Peach If You Dream About It -

A Review of Lily Wang's Saturn Peach


Martin Breul: Thankfully, 2020 was not just the arbiter of chaos and uncertainty but has also seen some vibrant activity in the poetry community, such as the publication of exciting debut collections ... click here to read more







Sweet Arcadia

The Sea View Has Me Again: Uwe Johnson in Sheerness


John Quin: So where would you go? Imagine being born in Pomerania, 1934, your dad dying in a Soviet internment camp after the war. You’re not a communist ... click here to read more









Richard Cabut's Looking for a Kiss - Reviewed by P.T. Madden
PTM: The book is set in north and south London (with a quick excursion to New York) in the bleak post-punk 1980s. Cabut nails down the Camden street names that can often bring the pain of long lost hangovers ... click here to read more







Poundland Classics: Aleksandar Hemon


by Wayne Connolly



WC: One afternoon I was hanging around in Poundland, as you do when you have too much time on your hands and nowhere in particular to go ... click here to read more







Ghost Stories: Two Novels Narrated by Ghosts

by Jerry Simcock


JS: I’d neither read, nor had I heard of these writers before this year, it’s been great to have found them. They came to me courtesy of lockdown searches for what independent publishers were up to ... click here to read more