Book Reviews

The Bankruptcy Diaries – A review and interview with author

The Bankruptcy Diaries – A review and interview with author

Hackney’s rich history has many aspects, but it is particularly feted for two things: being London’s revolutionary corner and its importance as an artistic hub. Often, these two collide and have provided many high points in Hackney’s cultural palette, especially its literary output. The best known of today’s Hackney literati is Ian Sinclair, a beacon […]








Book Review: Try Me, by Farah Damji

Book Review: Try Me, by Farah Damji

“When I was finally arrested in Hampshire, it wasn’t with sniffer dogs and screaming sirens. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon.” – Farah Damji, Try Me When a memoir begins with the author’s childhood abduction and ends with her prison sentence, it isn’t unreasonable to expect that the intervening pages be at least mildly diverting. […]








Book Review: Hard Time by Shaun Attwood

Book Review: Hard Time by Shaun Attwood

The shadow of Sheriff Joe Arpaio hangs heavy over this book. As head of the Maricopa County jail system in Arizona he has instituted programmes in which prisoners are fed ‘expired’ meat; are triple-bunked to house 800 in a facility originally meant for 360; and he boasts that it costs less to feed the inmates […]








Hive Book Review: London Triptych – Jonathan Kemp

Hive Book Review: London Triptych – Jonathan Kemp

Stuart Derrick reviews, Stoke Newington resident and Birkbeck College Lecturer,  Jonathan Kemp’s first novel. First time novelist Kemp’s book is an intriguing look at the homosexual experience through the prism of male prostitution over the past 100 years. Episodic in structure, it flits between the lives of three men living in London in different times. […]