maxine jones

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (40 of 48)
In My Own Words:
Maxine Jones reviews for the Sunday Tribune. Her travel articles have appeared in the Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman, The Irish Times, The Belfast Telegraph, the Sunday Tribune.


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Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson
Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reader teaser, 24 Mar 2000
In her latest book Kate Atkinson's teases the reader, backtracking and rewriting the plot, killing and resurrecting characters, indulging in word games and supplying her own ongoing critique. When a character says: 'this is absolute, gratuitous nonsense', Effie, the narrator, adds sententiously: 'And so it was.' Characters pick their own adverbs; cliche's come to life (a dog eats an essay); turns of phrase are coldly examined: 'Keep an eye out... Oh, what a horrible idea', and a doorbell cannot ring suddenly without raising the question 'how else?'
While Effie, a student at the University of Dundee, recounts her painfully recognisable tale of student life circa 1972, her mother… Read more
Quinn by Seamus Smyth
Quinn by Seamus Smyth
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mr Fix-it, 27 Feb 2000
Quinn. Seamus Smyth.
This is a clever novel which follows the intricate behind-the-scenes manoeuvres of an amoral 'fixer' who works for a Dublin crime boss. He anonymously arranges murders which look like accidents and even orchestrates suicide-inducing nervous breakdowns. He overlooks no detail in his painstaking research and has a good line in dealing with unwanted bodies. His consistent disregard for human suffering borders on sadistic pleasure. The book is written in such a way as to elicit admiration for his exploits as he takes the reader behind the scenes and into his confidence. A gritty crime journalist almost breaks his cover and he rewards her with the gut-wrenching… Read more
The Happy Pigs by Lucy Harkness
The Happy Pigs by Lucy Harkness
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PIg squeals, 27 Feb 2000
The Happy Pigs Lucy Harkness. Blackstaff.
Louisa Barratt, the heroine of Lucy Harkness's first novel, resembles her author in so many ways that for the most part the book comes across as self-justifying autobiography. Few writers of her age (early 30s) and generation (the me-generation) seem able to break free from this memoir trend. Not that Barratt's (or Harkness's) life is uninteresting - quite the reverse. As a graduate police officer surrounded by male, less well-educated, enragingly sexist colleagues she has to fight her corner, and she does so with panache. Her homelife is more pedestrian: putting out the cat, trying to find the right man, putting up with an untidy… Read more