Emma Ashmere

writer | author | novelist

Category: Book Reviews

13, rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro

Elena Mauli Shapiro’s novel, 13, rue Thérèse is full of tricks. Facts blur into fantasy. The past slips into the present and back again. Photographs of quirky objects and handwritten documents play with the idea that the camera never lies. Read the rest of this entry »


So Much for That by Lionel Shriver

How much is a life worth? In So Much for That Lionel Shriver confronts us with this unsettling question. Best known for her Orange Prize-winning novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, Shriver changed her name from Margaret to Lionel at age fifteen. With similar wit and single-mindedness, Shriver applies the blowtorch to contemporary US attitudes towards illness and Read the rest of this entry »

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

‘Please pardon me, but your storyteller is a woman possessed of a forthright tongue and little ink.’ So begins July’s frequently witty and relentlessly shocking account of her life on the Jamaican sugar plantation, Amity. Born into slavery in the early 1800s, July would once have been ‘put to the lash’ for wielding a pen. Now a justifiably snaky, proud and irreverent old Read the rest of this entry »