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Fen by Daisy Johnson


I think I picked up Fen in Blackwell’s in Oxford, drawn to it by one of those bookseller reader cards.

Fen is a short story collection set in and around the fens, telling dark gothic tales. It reminded me a little of Angela Carter’s short stories, although in a much more contemporary setting.

The tales share the sexuality of Carter’s stories, although the references are different. You certainly get the sense of place of the fens – a distant land within our own.

I need to catch up with her more recent novel, Everything Under.