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Two great summer reads for you today from my reviews over at Issue 2 of Shiny New Books. One fiction, and one non-fiction. Fiction first…

Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy

meetingI met Kate at an event a few weeks ago and she was lovely to talk to – she even knew about my little early blog review of her first non-poetry book Antigona and Me. I read this novel before I met her though, so wasn’t influenced by how nice she is!

Shortlisted for the Costa first novel award this year, and longlisted for the Desmond Eliott Award, Meeting the English is a delicious social comedy set in Hampstead, and chronicles the events of one summer when a young Scotsman comes down to London for a job in 1989. If you enjoy Fay Weldon or Allison Pearson’s novels, you’ll like this one too. Read it in the sunshine and have a good giggle – there is one scene that made me absolutely snort with laughter though, you have been warned… (9.5/10)

My review at Shiny is here.

A Curious Career by Lynn Barber

Curious CareerI’ve long enjoyed Barber’s celebrity interviews in the British press, and some of her best are included in full in this volume of memoir about her long career in journalism. Alongside the good, the bad and the ugly are a myriad of tips in the art of interviewing – the most important of which are do your research, always take two recording devices..

Read my full Shiny review here.

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To explore either of these titles on Amazon UK – please click below:
Meeting the Englishby Kate Clanchy, Picador 2013, paperback 320 pages.
A Curious Career by Lynn Barber, Bloomsbury 2014, hardback 224 pages.

 

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