What’s troubling about Sisters of Mercy – and why it’s worth reading

While reading Caroline Overington’s latest novel, Sisters of Mercy, I was reminded of Jonathan Swift’s famous 18th-century essay which depicted one solution to Ireland’s poverty: eating Catholic babies. I’m not sure I ever found the essay funny, and I’m not sure it was intended to be. But I remember reading that Swift was a very […]

Caroline Overington’s fiction and Can You Keep A Secret? A Response

Caroline Overington’s fiction polarizes. Some people, having read one of her books, swear off reading more. Others devour each one as it is published and eagerly await the next. I’m trying to tease out why. Overington chooses to write about topics which are highly emotive – melodramatic, even – topics which are often sensationalized in […]

Satire or sensationalism? Caroline Overington’s No Place Like Home

Ever get the feeling that the book you’ve just finished reading and the one by the same title being lauded in reviews isn’t the same book? That’s how I felt after finishing Caroline Overington’s latest, No Place Like Home. Overington’s previous book, Sisters of Mercy (reviewed here), had me fuming, so I wasn’t surprised to […]

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