Emily’s journalism: for the Guardian

Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg (19 October 2018) Review of this reissued, highly unusual, arresting novel-cum-memoir about life in Italy from 1920s-50s.


Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (9 August 2018) Review of this quirky hit novel about a Japanese woman who struggles to fit in.


The Last Samurai by Helen de Witt (13 April 2018) Paperback review of this reissued bold, unusual and funny novel about a boy’s quest to find his father.


Once Upon a Time in the East by Xiaolu Guo (17 Feburary 2018) Review of Guo’s memoir, which is like a 20th century Wild Swans – and a real case of truth being more astonishing than fiction.

Once Upon a Time in the East Guardian


Charlotte by David Foenkinos (19 January 2018) Review of this extraordinary novel about German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon. One of the best books I’ve read in an awfully long time.

Playing Possum by Kevin Davey (30 December 2017) Review of this Goldsmiths-Prize shortlisted wacky and brilliant novel about the life of T.S. Eliot.

Playing Possum Guardian

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (7 July 2017) Paperback review of this debut – an arresting voice full of poetry and pizzazz.

The Ghost Who Bled by Gregory Norminton (9 June 2017) Paperback review of these transporting and transfixing short stories.

Nineveh by Henrietta Rose-Innes (11 November 2016) Paperback review of this surprisingly gripping and political South African novel about pest control.

Trysting by Emmanuelle Pagano (11 November 2016) Paperback review of this elaborate and poetic mosaic about love.

The Penguin Book of Short Stories Volumes I & II edited by Philip Hensher (7 October 2016) Paperback review of this landmark, and pleasingly personal, collection.

Whispers Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliott (5 August 2016) Paperback review of a psychotherapist’s assured debut, longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize.

Wild Life by Liam Brown (8 July 2016) Paperback review of a modern, adult Lord of the Flies.

Last Things by Jenny Offill (1 July 2016) My first book review for the Guardian.

Inside Stories from a Prison Book Group (27 April 2016) The result of a very inspiring visit to a book club at HMP Thameside.

The Rise of the Alternative Book Club (2 December 2015) Bored of book clubs? Try one with a twist to it. Obviously there’s Emily’s walking book club, but there’s a knitting one too, and a cinema one, and an art one …

Lectures in your Living Room (10 September 2015) An introduction to Odd Mondays – a sort of low-key salon which I host, where a bunch of friends talk about odd things of interest.





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