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Review: Table Manners by Susmita Bhattacharya

Writer Judy Birkbeck reviews Table Manners, by Susmita Bhattacharya, published by Dahlia Publishing, 2018. Susmita Bhattacharya’s first collection ranges between India, Cardiff and Singapore and other places, and focuses on family relationships and cultural differences or the clash between generations, but above all the treatment of women in various societies. In Summer of Learning, a girl and her parents experience difficulties when visiting the father’s family in India on a long-planned […]

Review: The Sing of the Shore by Lucy Wood

Writer Judy Birkbeck reviews The Sing of the Shore, by Lucy Wood, published by 4th Estate, 2018. Lucy Wood’s first collection of short stories, Diving Belles, centred around Cornish folklore and was peopled with house spirits, mermaids and so on. The Sing of the Shore is more earthy and tangible; it does not show the picture-postcard Cornwall of sandy coves, rugged cliffs and expansive sea views. Rather, we see the realities […]