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Angela Downes

Angela Downes reviews 'Devotion' by Ffion Murphy

June-July 2006, no. 282 01 June 2006
Devotion is more than the portrayal of a woman suffering from post-natal paralysis and grappling with the legacy of betrayal. Ffion Murphy’s impressive first novel alludes to landscapes mythological in scope, and explores the psychological complexities of intimacy, fidelity, sexuality, and language. ... (read more)

Angela Downes reviews 'Pictures of Us' by Todd Alexander

April 2006, no. 280 01 April 2006
Todd Alexander’s début novel, Pictures of Us, ambitiously tackles a smorgasbord of weighty issues – mortality, grief, adultery, homosexuality – through the experiences of one family. The sudden death of Marcus Apperton, husband to Maggie and father of Isabel and Patrick, forces his wife and adult children into an uncomfortable reunion. Left to piece together a fractured family past, the App ... (read more)