All articles by: Scarlett MccGwire

Books: Fallout from a ghastly day

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Basket Of Deplorables by Tom Rachman Riverrun £8.99 Donald Trump’s victory is providing fresh meat for comedians and Tom Rachman shows that the consequences for American life can also be …

Books: Kind and merry

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Money Power Love by Joss Sheldon CreateSpace £8.99 Not so much a novel, more an extended allegory on love trumping power and money, Joss Sheldon’s tale also gives us the …

Failed grand opus

Published: December 8, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Return To The Dark Valley by Santiago Gamboa Europa Editions £13.99 Never judge a book by its opening chapter; too often it has been honed to perfection, leading to disappointment …

Books: Historical curiosity

Published: October 4, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

The Other Side by Alfred Kubin Dedalus £9.99 Alfred Kubin was one of the major graphic artists of the 20th century, illustrating the most imaginative writers of his time like …

Books: Myths and spin

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Wonders Will Never Cease by Robert Irwin Dedalus £9.99 In Robert Irwin’s fifteenth century Britain, myths are born, while legends are lived, deaths are foretold, ghosts walk abroad and magic …

Books: Politically selective

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

A People’s History of the Russian Revolution by Neil Faulkner Pluto Press £12.99 Iimagined this was a book about the role of ‘the people’ in the revolution, rather than the …

Books: The dark side of TV

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Rasmus:?A?Television Tale by PJ?Vanston Matador £8.99 Satire is meant to be savage but this supposed attack on the people who inhabit the world of television and their values actually targets …

Books: Magnificent 19th C epic

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

The Maias by Eca de Quieroz Dedalus £14.99 Translators are too often passed over as if their technique is almost administrative – something that will be replaced by Google in …

Books: A modern slant on myths

Published: December 3, 2016
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Arcadian Nights by John Spurling Duckworth Overlook £8.99 For those who loved the Greek myths of their childhood but are a bit hazy on the details, John Spurling has produced …

Books: Early, lurid, hard to read

Published: November 18, 2016
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

The Jesus Man by Christos Tsiolkas Atlantic Books £8.99 Christos Tsiolkas is an author who explores the new Australia: a country breaking from its past but still unsure of its …

Books: A great European writer

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Cousin Bazilio by Eca de Quieroz Dedalus, £12.99 The painting of The Bride by the celebrated artist Paula Rego adorns the cover of this book. Fittingly so. For Eca de …

Googling the Renaissance

Published: August 9, 2016
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

The Tower by Allessandro Gallenzi Alma Books £7.99 Giordano Bruno was a man of genius – a philosopher, mathematician and poet with a prodigious memory. As a cosmologist he expanded …

Similarities across the Asian divide

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Crystal Wedding by Xi Xiaobing Masked Dolls by Shih Chiung-Yu Balestier Press £12.99 each British fiction readers are often berated by publishers for reading few books in translation. We are …

Imaginative mix of history and fantasy

Published: June 27, 2016
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

I AM RADAR by Reif Larsen Vintage £8.99 Reif Larsen’s latest novel is supremely ambitious, taking in quantum physics, recent events in Cambodia, the Balkans and Congo, mixed with byways …