Review: Peach



by Emma Glass

Bloomsbury, 2018

Adult Contemporary Literary Fiction

8 cups of tea out of 11

Summary: Peach is raped right at the beginning of the book and goes home, tries to deal with the trauma but her rapist won’t leave her alone.

Likes: This is a fierce book. It looks at trauma and hard topics without flinching away. I also like the bizarre and abstract nature of the prose.

Dislikes: She does have a repetitive writing style: she frequently uses three words or phrases in a row that have the same meaning. There’s a rhythm to it but for some this might be a little annoying.

Overall I knew nothing about this book going in. I saw it on the International Dylan Thomas Prize longlist and liked the title. I read it while I was waiting for my train. It’s really short (less than 100 pages) and compelling; hard to read but also hard to put down.


The main character is raped right at the start of the book. She is stalked by her rapist.

Her dog is also killed by the same man.

Language – Medium, swear words throughout

There’s a lot of blood: her rape, the assault on her boyfriend, murder.

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