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Review: Hilary Mantel – The Mirror & the Light

Joseph Geldman reviews the third and final part of Hilary Mantel’s acclaimed epic narrative about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell. The final novel in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy is markedly different to its predecessors. Covering the period 1536 to 1540, it features a Thomas Cromwell who is comfortably settled in his position, Read More…

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Review: ”The Discomfort of Evening” – a Freudian pastoral

In the run-up to the International Booker Prize on May the 19th, The Oxford Blue is keeping you up to speed with reviews of the shortlisted novels. ‘‘Name a single Dutch author.’’ At this question my otherwise far better-read Oxford friends go blank. It is not an oversight on their part: Dutch literature has been Read More…

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T.S Eliot prize: Explorations of Testimony

‘No one bears witness for the witness,’ remarked Paul Celan – to bear witness is to bear the utter solitude of absolute responsibility. The burden of the witness-survivor pervades Roger Robinson’s A Parable Paradise, which was most recently awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize: a highly prestigious poetry commendation with a cheque for £25,000. Several reviewers have Read More…

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Not What She Intended: a review of American Dirt

I’ve read books better written than Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt. Some were more eloquent, others more compelling, and others more believable. I’ve read immigrant stories less transparently inauthentic and seen pop culture phenomena less unapologetically shallow. But still, American Dirt was a first. I can’t claim to have read anything quite like it. And though Read More…