New in My Portfolio: Book Reviews Written in 2017 (Sunday Times)

New in My Portfolio: Book Reviews Written in 2017 (Sunday Times)

Two of my most recent book reviews:

“A word after a word after a word is power.”
— Margaret Atwood

Book Reviews for the Sunday Times

I’ve written two reviews for the Sunday Times so far this year, with a few more coming soon. I’ve added the following reviews to My Portfolio:


Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym for Sunday Times


I wrote this review in April, 2017, about a Korean violinist who lost her treasured instrument:

There are two protagonists at the centre of Min Kym’s acute memoir; Min the person and Min the violin. The two are inseparable, until one day when Min the violin is wrenched away from Min the person.
From the start the reader knows that something is amiss. You can sense the aching void in the narrator as she recounts the story of how she became Min, without a violin.


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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles for Sunday Times


In May, I wrote about A Gentleman in Moscow; a tale in which the setting (the Hotel Metropol) becomes a character in the story:

The story begins in the 1920s, when a Bolshevik tribunal finds Count Alexander Rostov guilty of being an aristocrat. His punishment: permanent house arrest in the attic of the luxurious Hotel Metropol. Here the count embarks on the biggest adventure of his life.

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