Sylvia Brownrigg has been writing reviews and essays for over ten years in a wide range of English and American newspapers and journals. Here you can read a sampling of some of recent and notable pieces. She also has contributed entries to The Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English (ed Lorna Sage); The Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors (ed Laura Miller and Adam Begley); and Books: Over a Century of the Greatest Books, Writers, Characters, Passages and Events that Rocked the Literary World (ed Lucy Daniel). She has also written occasional pieces on family life, including a piece on being a stepmother, included below.
How much do your kids really need to know about your sex life?. The Guardian, July 1, 2017.
The Sport of Kings by CE Morgan review – an epic journey into the deep south. The Guardian, April 19, 2017.
The Wangs vs the World by Jade Chang review – a richly entertaining debut. The Guardian, November 18, 2016.
“The Good Life” by Marian Thurm. New York Times, May 6, 2016.
‘All That Man Is,’ by David Szalay. The San Francisco Chronicle, November 27, 2016.
Hermione Lee: A Profile. Narrative magazine, Fall 2014.
“Accident Prone” (Thunderstruck and Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken). New York Times, June 8, 2014.
Book review: Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman. Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2011.
Of Pulse by Julian Barnes. San Francisco Chronicle, May 8, 2011.
Ireland is still the heart and soul of Edna O’Brien’s work”(Saints and Sinners by Edna O’Brien). The Guardian, March 5, 2011.
Misery Loves Company (The Old Romantic by Louise Dean). The New York Times, February 18, 2011.
Of The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon. San Francisco Chronicle, April 17, 2011.
The Widow in Winter (February by Lisa Moore). The New York Times, February 16, 2010.
The Pianist (Appassionata by Eva Hoffman). The New York Times, June 24, 2009.
Everyone Has Called in Sick (A Better Angel: Stories by Chris Adrian). The New York Times, September 26, 2008.
What Used to Be (The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt). The New York Times, April 6, 2008.
Infinite Jest (Darkmans by Nicola Barker). The New York Times, January 13, 2008.
Ground Zero (A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus). The New York Times, September 10, 2006.
Witness for the Prosecution (The Essential Gore Vidal edited by Fred Kaplan). Times Literary Supplement, April 30, 1999.
Cut to the Chaste (On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan). Los Angeles Times Book Review, June 3, 2007.
Emotional Geography (Jigsaw: an unsentimental education and A Legacy by Sybille Bedford). The New Statesman, March 27, 2000.
Jay McInerney’s Spoilt New York Lives: Guilt, Desire and Ambition (The Good Life by Jay McInerney). Times Literary Supplement, March 8, 2006.
Your Ad Here (The Bulgari Connection by Fay Weldon). The New York Times, November 4, 2001.
High Infidelity: An Interview with Hanif Kureishi. The Village Voice, April/May 1999.
What is Truth? A Portrait of a Powerful, Driven, Womanizing Artist is Told, After His Death, by the Women in his Life (The Great Man: A Novel by Kate Christensen). Los Angeles Times Book Review, August 26, 2007.
Geography is Destiny (The Bostons by Carolyn Cooke). The New York Times, July 15, 2001.
How Did We Miss These? Part 2 (Why Did I Ever by Mary Robison). The Guardian, September 7, 2007.
The Joys of Being a Stepmother. The Guardian, July 12, 2008.