Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore

Death and the Seaside Alison Moore

Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore, Salt, 2016

I’ve been a fan of Alison Moore’s work since I first read The Lighthouse back in 2012, admiring her sparse, taut prose that’s atmospheric and powerful. When I found out that Moore’s new book Death and the Seaside had been published, I ordered it immediately, eager to read more of her work. Continue reading

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A Year in Books: 2014

I feel like I’ve been putting this post together for some time because I’ve been finding it very difficult to decide on my favourite books I’ve read this year. 2014 has been a good reading year for me. Part of this, I think, is still the feeling of freedom I have being away from school/university reading lists. The other reason is that I started blogging, and I’ve never been exposed to as many brilliant books as I have now. I touched on this in my How I Choose Books post, but it is reading reviews on book blogs and getting recommendations from you in the comments that means I rarely read a book I don’t enjoy in some way anymore. Which makes putting a list like this together very difficult! But it’s certainly a good position to be in. Continue reading

Review: He Wants – Alison Moore

He Wants Alison Moore review

He Wants – Alison Moore
Salt, 2014
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Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse is one of my favourite books, so when I heard that Moore’s new book would be published in August, I bought a copy of it as soon as I could.

He Wants is the deceptively simple story of Lewis, a retired RE teacher who has lived in the same village all his life, even though he’s long dreamed of living by the sea. His grown up daughter brings him soup every day, although he would prefer pizza or ‘the excellent beef Wellington he had in a restaurant once’. He wonders whether he should have chosen a more exciting subject to teach – perhaps chemistry instead of RE. A novel that expertly explores the themes of loneliness, regret, and missed opportunities, He Wants shows Lewis’ daily routine and habits disturbed when his childhood friend Sydney arrives. Continue reading