Saturday, July 22, 2006

A word of warning

Mark Lawson on Louise Welsh's latest:

In my reading experience, cross-gender narration most often fails in the business of bodily functions. In books by men, women in middle age often seem to be just getting the hang of menstruation. In this book, William pays such elaborate attention to his penis while peeing that he gives the impression of being fairly new to urination. Writers imagining the unfamiliar can forget how standard such actions become to those for whom they are a requirement of life.

Also (this is the one I want to read!) Ian Sansom on the crime-fighting sheep of Leonie Swann's Three Bags Full.

1 comment:

  1. "Leonie Swann" must be a pen name for Jane Yeh!