“The pièce de résistance is the final story, “No Two Were E’er Wed”, which deftly depicts the power dynamics of a relationship between two young academics in the woke era. Claire’s boyfriend, David, discovers more than he bargained for about her sexual history when he starts reading her diary. He applies a scholarly eye to the entries — analysing her use of the word “nail”, for example — and muses on Claire’s professed interest in submission: “Who exactly was consenting? Was it the submissive woman’s real self, or was it — as in Claire’s case — a false self she had constructed in order to gain approval . . . ?””

Mia Levity reviews The Voice in My Ear in the Financial Times (paywall)

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