Yiyun Li, ‘A Thousand Years of Good Prayers’

In this collection of short stories, Li examines the reality of daily life in modern China, opening our eyes to a world where society is trying to balance the weight of tradition with the fast pace of modern life. In ‘Extra’, a lonely middle-aged woman finds herself abandoned in a wilderness of strangers, dehumanised and…

Lethal White: A Review

Unsettling from the very start, the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series takes a little while to find its feet. When a mentally distressed young man explodes into Strike’s office requesting help on finding out about a crime he may have witnessed as a child, Strike feels compelled to help, in part due to…

Sylvia

“What the hell is that smell?” “I know, it’s totally disgusting. Like someone rubbed cheese all over themselves and hasn’t had a wash in over a week!” They sat there, giggling over their iced coffees, oblivious to the light June breeze that carried their voices over the empty shopping arcade towards me. I’ve heard similar…

Mole People

  “The victim was found by railworkers at 5am on Monday 6th October at the entrance of the tunnel at Fairford Junction. She is believed to have bled to death due to trauma of the eye area. Police are appealing for any eye-witnesses who were in the area between midnight and 5am to contact them…