Jim Dempsey

  novel editor

Jim's book reviews on Bookmunch

Lonely Planet Travel Anthology – edited by Don George
'Get this if you’re looking for some short-form travel writing of a quality way beyond what you find in the huge number of travel blogs out there'
The Low Voices by Manuel Rivas
'I imagine it’s worth learning Galician just to read how wonderful the original must be'
Stuff by Charlie Hill
'A captivating piece of short fiction'
The Peripheral by William Gibson
'Double dickage'

A Mile Down by David Vann

'An incredibly candid character exploration’

Slade House by David Mitchell

‘It’s a good place to start with this author’

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (translated by Henning Koch)

‘A pleasant but predictable read.’

Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner
‘Expertly weave(s) the historical details with an intriguing plot through complex characters and provocative themes.’

Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher
‘You’d have to have a cold heart if you didn’t want to see this underdog win.’

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
‘This is the work of the real David Mitchell.’

In My House by Alex Hourston
‘Nothing is quite what it seems in this carefully crafted, perfectly paced debut.’

Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux
‘An excellent exploration of identity and immortality.’

The Victoria System by Éric Reinhardt (translated from French by Sam Taylor)
‘Like an Ayn Rand re-write of Last Tango in Paris.’

Books by Charlie Hill
‘Apparently effortless prose packed with humour that is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny.’

Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun
‘We’re hardly into spring, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Black Moon turns out to be the best debut novel of 2014.’

Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
‘A fascinating insight into the mind of a great author, and it’s not only Forster’s qualities he reveals.’

The Childhood of Jesus by J M Coetzee
'The whole novel reads like a complex riddle wrapped in a simple story.'

Sutler by Richard House
‘A smart, atmospheric, maze of a political thriller’

Donnybrook by Frank Bill
‘Anyone who enjoys Daniel Woodrell and Donald Ray Pollock is sure to welcome this debut novel to the stable.’

On Helwig Street by Richard Russo
‘An apology, an explanation, a psychological examination, and a personal struggle.'

Kimberly’s Capital Punishment by Richard Milward
‘A good fun, funny book about death, Death, guilt and retribution.'

Umbrella by Will Self
‘Even fans of Will Self will find Umbrella difficult to love.'

Albert of Adelaide by Howard L Anderson
‘More Peter Rabbit than The Old Man and the Sea.’

Dirt by David Vann
'Like somebody stapled the first half of A Confederacy of Dunces to the last half of American Psycho.'

Northwest Corner by John Burnham Schwartz
‘A tale of a modern American family.'

Skagboys by Irvine Welsh
‘Repeating past mistakes.'