It is clear from July’s Riveting Reviews that our contributors have been responding to the UK’s first extreme heat warning in the most appropriate way: by reading.
It is with pleasure that we trumpet the return of the inimitable Caroline Wyatt – a regular on our screens and radios as a BBC journalist, she contributes the occasional feature-length review. This time her reading of Victoria Mas’s The Mad Women’s Ball prompts an account of her own time in Paris’s Salpêtrière Hospital.
The other Rosie – my deputy reviews editor – was persuaded to take on the French verse-novel sensation by Joseph Ponthus, and is very glad of it, while I am equally delighted to review another Natalia Ginzburg (that’s two in a row).
And where would we be without our authority on all things crime fiction, Barry Forshaw? He might surprise you this month, with a review of one of Zola’s classics – nothing like a chunky nineteenth-century tome to get your teeth into on the beach.
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