All articles by: Scarlett MccGwire

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 …