Manuscript help, book reviews and author interviews
The review and interview were first published on
and later shared on The Good Book Corner
…Thank you for the review of Jinnah often came to our House. I have been reviewing books for ages and know what a tough job it is—apart, of course, from the job ruining the joy of reading. I have learnt only lately that the trick is to read the book as a reader the first time, then to plod through it as a reviewer a second time.
I am not sure if that is what you do. Whatever your method, it has worked with Jinnah . . . ! Your review says just enough about the book to whet the appetite, and not give away the plot. (A recent extraordinarily long review of the book in an Indian magazine has given away so much of the story that I am sure that many people who read the review will decide that they don’t need to read the book now!) Incidentally, I was impressed with the way you began the review—linking the Francis Bacon quote, the first sentence of the novel, and the sentence with which it ends. Over the months since the book came out, many critics have reviewed the book. None of them noticed the link.
One selfish request. Do put me in the mailing list of your future book reviews. I love good books and far too many books I begin (and, from force of habit, complete) turn out to be unsatisfactory. Maybe reading their reviews first would help to save me some time.