The recent releases at Hoperoad, Kiskadee Girl, Caribbean Chemistry and The Chocolate Shop Perverts all have the scent of a memoir about them. While we might say that Caribbean Chemistry is touted as a memoir, is it any more ‘true to life’ than The Chocolate Shop Perverts? As we grow older, and look back on our lives, how much do we remember accurately and how many memories do we move around? What happens when we reimagine a situation so often – I wish I had said that, I wish she had said this – that we begin to remember our re-remembered memory as fact, instead of fantasy? And who is there to tell us otherwise? Read more
The Chocolate Shop Perverts by Ernest Alanki is our Book of the Month for September, and we’ll be blogging more about the themes which run through this dark and haunting novel throughout the month.
The Chocolate Shop Perverts is Alanki’s first novel, and a masterpiece at that. It follows the story of Martin, as he drifts from Newcastle to Edinburgh, searching for work and purpose, dreaming of girls, and attempting to write his autobiography. Somewhere along the way reality turns into magic realism and a world where no-one is quite sure of the tangible versus the fantasy. Read more