Book Review: The Tryst by Monique Roffey

Reviewed by Aija Oksman Roffey’s style, abrasive and brass as it might be to some, reminds me of Jean Rhys—if she was writing in the twenty-first century. The ancestral, the first of them all, and almost animalistic female empowerment intermingled with the profound somehow aggressive and oppressive mentality is a wild read. An open look [...]

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Book Review: The Invisible Crowd by Ellen Wiles

Reviewed by Huriyah Quadri The Invisible Crowd is about illegal immigration and the way asylum seekers are viewed and treated in Britain. It's centred around Yonas, a young man who has escaped from prison following a nightmarish life in Eritrea. Yonas was a journalist who was forced to act as a censor, his hatred of the [...]

Book Review: The Nothing by Hanif Kureishi

Reviewed by Aija Oksman Hanif Kureishi has been a favourite of mine for many years; Buddha of Suburbia, Gabriel’s Gift, Midnight All Day as well as his screenplay, My Beautiful Laundrette, are all works that I still re-read regularly. Therefore, when I started The Nothing, I was excited and then shocked, then a little revolted, [...]

Book Review: Christodora by Tim Murphy

Reviewed by Aija Oksman Christodora had me from the start. How Murphy skilfully adopts the vernacular of each of his protagonists — whether it is a child, a young adult in a heroin hell, a gay HIV activist man, a Latina woman suffering from AIDS or just your run-of-the-mill angst­-ridden artist — enables the reader [...]