Author Magdalena McGuire

  • Book Review: Home is Nearby 30 Nov 17

    Lured by an art scholarship, a young Polish woman named Ania leaves behind village life, and the father she adores, in order to move to the university city of Wroclaw. Here she meets a group of... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: 4 3 2 1 13 Sep 17

    When my colleague and I were dividing up this year’s Man Booker long list for reading and reviewing purposes, I rather wondered whether I’d drawn the short straw with Paul Auster’s ‘4 3 2... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Ministry of Utmost Happiness 13 Sep 17

    Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize with her first novel, ‘The God of Small Things’, she’s back on the shortlist with only her second. In the intervening two decades she has... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Reservoir 13 13 Sep 17

    ‘They gathered at the car park in the hour before dawn and waited to be told what to do. It was cold and there was little conversation. There were questions that weren't being asked. The missing... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Solar Bones 6 Sep 17

    Published originally in 2016 by tiny independent Irish publishing house Tramp, Mike McCormack’s ‘Solar Bones’ was ineligible for last year’s Man Booker award; now, with a new home at... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Swing Time 6 Sep 17

    A penetrating and moving coming-of-age novel, ‘Swing Time’ is ambitious in time and geography – set across the decades from the 1980s until today, and from urban south London to village life... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Days Without End 6 Sep 17

    I wanted to read this quickly; it was the last on my list, and I needed it done… but I couldn’t. Instead, I cancelled social engagements and gave 'Days Without End' the time it... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: History of Wolves 6 Sep 17

    Linda is a tiny scrap of a teenage girl living among the vast lakes and huge forests of North Minnesota. ‘In winter, the trees against the orange sky look like veins’, Linda observes, bringing the... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Home Fire 6 Sep 17

    A book both wonderful and terrible (in that it deals with terrible things), Kamila Shamsie’s ‘Home Fire’ occupies the interstices between the head and the heart, between politics and... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Lincoln in the Bardo 5 Sep 17

    Although the only criterion stipulated by the Man Booker Prize is that it must be the ‘very best book of the year’, there’s a definite bias towards literature that’s experimental, that takes... Read More

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