The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall, This Isn’t the Sort of Thing by Jon McGregor and Diving Belles by Lucy Wood review

By Siobhan Harvey In Books

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30th March, 2012
Man Booker Prize-shortlisted writer Sarah Hall’s latest, THE BEAUTIFUL INDIFFERENCE (Faber & Faber, $36.99), is stunning. Featuring seven long stories, the book is a testament to its author’s ability to draw the extraordinary and ominous from the everyday. Standouts include the title story and “Butcher’s Perfume”. In the latter, a high-school friendship with tough-nut thrill-seeker Manda Slessor pulls the motherless narrator into the unruly world of her new pal’s family, whose gypsy heritage sits uneasily alongside their gentrifi cation. “The Beautiful Indifference” ...

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