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The journey has begun 

​The journey has begun 

My first Booker prize read. 

The journey has begun 

My first Booker prize read. 

Autumn 
Ali Smith 

I must admit that this is not my first attempt at reading this book. I attempted to read it when it first came out, but Dnf’d it. However, that was during a really bad reading slump. So, I thought, since it was on the list, I’d give it another go. 

I managed to read it this time.  I found that it dealt with some really topical issues, such as: Brexit and  its aftermath, Jo Coxes murder, immigration, and the hassle of doing anything in this country if you don’t carry five sources of i.d. around with you at all times. The inclusion of these topics made the work feel prescient and timely. But, the shear mass of ideas; together with its non-linear form and shortness,  made it feel very busy and overwhelming. At times, I felt lost, and disengaged, from the story and characters.  Not a bad read, but not a satisfying one either. I can see why it’s on the list and I fear that it will be on the short list. However, I will feel really disappointed if it wins.

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Capsule review 3

Laurie Penny

Bitch Doctrine

Bloomsbury

July 13th 2017

Please be aware that the publisher has given me this book in exchange for an honest review.  This book collects, edited versions of, Laura Penny’s online writing. Essay after essay brilliantly dissecting the patriarchy.

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Capsule review 2

A short life of Pushkin

Robert Chandler

Pushkin Press

Please be aware that the publisher has given me this book in exchange for an honest review

An informative book about an interesting writer, exploring: his life and the how his life effected his work. I recommend this book to anyone wishing to gain an understanding of the life of this very important writer.

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Capsule review

Kathleen Knowles

Taking sides

Bold Strokes books

Pub date 18th July 2017

Please be aware that this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

A workaholic, lonely, seemingly self assured, townie must go to small town America to help organise a campaign. On doing so, they meet a shy, unsure woman. Things go the way that they always go in such books. On the surface, this seems like a standard, well written romance. Until you realise that all the main characters are women and LGBT issues are at the heart of this book.

The campaign is ran by a LGBT campaigning organisation and the book gives interesting insight into running of such campaigns.

This book would be useful for those wishing for a light summer read that still inhabits a diversity reading space.