Susie Mesure

Reassess every relationship you’ve ever had before it’s too late

16 October 2021 9:00 am

‘Reading is a celebration of the mystery of ourselves,’ according to Elizabeth Strout, who writes to help readers understand themselves…

A race against time: A Calling for Charlie Barnes, by Joshua Ferris, reviewed

11 September 2021 9:00 am

What is life if not a quest to find one’s calling while massaging the narrative along the way? This question…

The roots of conflict: The Island of Missing Trees, by Elif Shafak, reviewed

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The Island of Missing Trees feels like a strange title until you realise how hard Elif Shafak makes trees work…

Studies in vulnerability: A Shock, by Keith Ridgway, reviewed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Keith Ridgway’s seventh book is a sultry, steamy shock of a novel, not least because nine years ago, despite the…

A study in vulnerability: The Coming Bad Days, by Sarah Bernstein, reviewed

24 April 2021 9:00 am

When the unnamed narrator of Sarah Bernstein’s The Coming Bad Days leaves the man with whom she has been living…