A couple of new reviews are now up on the Melbourne Review books pages.
My longer review this month is of Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth. It’s a very shiny thing, in my review I wonder if it’s not just a little too shiny.
I’ve also written a short review of Keith Ridgway’s Hawthorn and Child which I was keen to review given the some of the buzz I had heard about it – most notably from The Guardian’s John Self, who wrote on his blog that he thought it ‘the best new book I’ve read this year, and so I want it to do well in order that Ridgway has the means and time to write another.’ That’s a big tick in anyone’s book.
I really admire Self’s unashamed support for a writer he not only admires but with whom he also appears to be on very friendly terms. I think his declared campaign of championing the book behoves other disinterested reviewers to have a look at the book.
It doesn’t disappoint. While my review is brief (I was impatient to review it before my deadline and it arrived later than I had expected it to, so it got the shorter column) then I should reiterate here that I think it’s a magnificent book. If the discontinuous style of Jennifer Egan and Steven Amsterdam are your thing, you’ll find lots to admire in Ridgway.