Saturday, 17 September 2011

Books: This is How - MJ Hyland

MJ Hyland writes as well as anyone I have read. At first glance her prose seems deceptively simple, yet each sentence is crammed with detail and insight and there's not an ounce of fat anywhere in this book. What I loved most about 'This Is How' is the ability MJ Hyland has to look unflinchingly at something disturbing without judgement. At no point are we, as readers, instructed as to how we should view what we're seeing - Hyland has an incredible talent (I was going to say gift but that does a disrespect to the amount of work writing this good requires) for tilting the world slightly so we see things from another angle without telling us what to see or how to react.

This book is extraordinary and deserves to be widely read.

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