An ambitious second novel achieves something special

An ambitious second novel achieves something special
Samantha Harvey's new novel is deeply contemplative. Photo: Rex

All Is Song by Samantha Harvey. Jonathan Cape, €14. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

All Is Song by Samantha Harvey

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Ideas may not be fashionable in contemporary fiction, but that hasn't prevented Samantha Harvey from writing a deeply contemplative second novel centred around a modern-day Socrates and his beleaguered younger brother. Harvey's acclaimed debut novel, The Wilderness, tracked a man's descent into Alzheimer's, and All Is Song is an equally ambitious undertaking.

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