Review: The Last Immigrant

In The Last Immigrant by Lau Siew Mei, an Australian born and raised in Singapore, Ismael battles loss and isolation in a nation increasing intolerant towards migrants. Ismael, like his creator, is a Singaporean migrant to Australia where he’s established an ordinary life in the suburbs. His work is dull and unfulfilling and does not…

Review: The Only Story

Julian Barnes is one of my favourite writers. Before reading The Only Story, I listened to an interview with Julian Barnes on Open Book by Mariella Frostrup on BBC Radio. It whetted my appetite, Julian Barnes is as eloquent on the page as he is on paper.

Review: The Secret Journals of Adolf Hitler: The Anointed

“Please remember that this is a work of fiction.” AG Mogan implores the reader in her prologue. Indeed we must, Adolf Hitler is one of the most hated men in history – Mogan should be commended for her bravery before anything else.

Interview: Theo A Gerken

I asked Theo A Gerken about his book, The Carrot Man and his experience writing it, and his answers are every bit as unconventional as his book. How much of you (your experiences, your personality) is your characters? The book is about 90

Review: The Carrot Man

I came by the Carrot Man by Theo A Gerken  via a really bad review. Someone declared that it was the worst book that she’d ever read. In truth, it’s far more complex than that. It’s a well written book. Experimental and inventive and, thankfully, short.