REVIEW: After Dark by Haruki Murakami

The moniker is usually associated with the Big Apple, but in his 2004 short novel, Tokyo as depicted by Murakami could also be captioned ‘The city that never sleeps.’   Amid the exposed underground elements of the neon-lit, bustling metropolis such as noise-filled garages, 24/7 diners, eerie office blocks and love hotels, is Mari, an…

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.