Review: Something Like Breathing by Angela Readman

“The attraction of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series was in seeing her two protagonists, Lenù and Lila, almost inextricably bound up in one another’s early lives. In Angela Readman’s Something Like Breathing it is instead two girls negotiating their youth, not necessarily involved, but proximate and observant to each other with the distance becoming the captivating element of their story.”

Angela Readman has published poetry (The Book of Tides: Nine Arches Press) and short stories (Don’t Try This at Home) but this is her first novel (the latter these are both from Sheffield-based publisher And Other Stories). Her writing hints towards themes from Angela Carter and Alice Oswald which makes for a debut that transcends its simple-seeming narrative of two teenage girls living on a Scottish Island.

To see what else I thought about the novel, head over to Full Stop.

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Image: And Other Stories

Milkman Read-Along Week 1

My summary and discussion of the first 100 pages (well, 102) of Milkman is now live over at the Inkwell Arts blog.

I was really interested in how Burns is creating this world and how she uses the nameless, female narrator as the lens through which to create it. It’s not so much an unreliable narrator, but a narrator with a view that’s been doctored and manipulated by powerful, dogmatic forces.

Read my thoughts here.

Inkwell Arts Readers Group…Milkman Read-Along

Over at Inkwell Arts, I’m running an online Read-Along of Anna Burns’ Milkman.

On Sunday 4th August I will post a summary and discussion of the first 100 pages and then on the following Sunday, I’ll do the same again, for the next 100 pages. On Saturday 17th August, the group will meet at Inkwell, as it usually does, to discuss the remaining pages of the book and as a whole (I’ll also post a brief summary of the discussion).

Do get involved whether you can or can’t eventually attend the group.

Check Inkwell’s blog here: https://www.inkwellarts.org.uk/blog/

Coming Up…

It’s been a bit quiet on here lately, but that’s because I’ve been busy reading and writing about some great books.

Reviews of books coming up include:

Something Like Breathing by Angela Readman (And Other Stories)

A trio of Horror novellas published by Dead Ink Press: Holt House by L.G Vey , A Dedicated Friend by Shirley Longford and Judderman D.A Northwood.

In the Shadow of Wolves by Alvydas Šlepikas (translated from the Lithuanian by Romas Kinka: Oneworld Publications)

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann (Galley Beggars Press)

And books currently being read to review:

Skin Can Hold by Vahni Capildeo (Carcanet Press)

Handling Stolen Goods by Degna Stone (Peepal Tree Press)