Paul Fulcher

#41 best reviewers
#86 top reviewers
3,885 books | 500 friends

1,111 books | 367 friends

5,474 books | 172 friends

4,087 books | 94 friends

Robert ...
330 books | 154 friends

Jo (Tha...
812 books | 948 friends

1,239 books | 876 friends

1,609 books | 2,831 friends

More friends…

Paul Fulcher

Goodreads Author

Member Since
February 2010


Average rating: 4.63 · 8 ratings · 5 reviews · 2 distinct works
The Outsider

4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Derivatives Markets: The Ne...

4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Paul’s Recent Updates

Lucia by Alex Pheby
" I expect both Lucia and Murmur to feature on the RoC longlist and beyond. Whether that will give Lucia the boost it needs remains to be seen - but man ...more "
Paul Fulcher and 4 other people liked Jonathan Pool's review of Lucia:
Lucia by Alex Pheby
"Lucia is an excellent work of fiction, bringing structural inventiveness to a subject that has already been much discussed in the years since the events in question. Lucia’s life story has been dissected a number of times before Alex Pheby set to..." Read more of this review »
Paul Fulcher rated a book really liked it
The Impossible Fairy Tale by Han Yujoo
Rate this book
Clear rating
December 2018 update: Janet Hong is now, deservedly, winner of the LTI Korea Translation Award for her English rendition of this book.

Every time I see you enact the habits I've designed, I feel both an unnameable sense of happiness and unease. Every
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
"Hugely readable and very enjoyable social satire drawing on English farce and spoof horror movies.

Ostensibly the story of the Winshaw family - a family "stuck twice by tragedy but never on such a terrible scale" (as the book both starts and ends)..." Read more of this review »
Paul Fulcher rated a book really liked it
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
Rate this book
Clear rating
Now winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Fiction

The mind blanks at the glare. Not in remorse
—The good not done, the love not given, time
Torn off unused—nor wretchedly because
An only life can take so long to climb
Clear of its wrong begi
Paul Fulcher and 12 other people liked BlackOxford's review of Lost Empress:
Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava
"Gazing Down the Plughole

It takes an exceptional talent to sustain comedic prose in so many distinct voices over 600 pages. It also takes real dedication to persist in reading those 600 pages. The witty ripostes, the sarcastic asides, the pithy lit..." Read more of this review »
Paul Fulcher rated a book liked it
Outlaws by Javier Cercas
Rate this book
Clear rating
Are you sure that is what you thought back then? We're all very good at predicting the past: are you sure this isn't a retrospective though, something you say in the light of what later became of Zarco?

Of course, it's a retrospective thought, of cour
Paul Fulcher rated a book liked it
Children of The Cave by Virve Sammalkorpi
Children of The Cave
by Virve Sammalkorpi (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
On vaarallista olla erilainen paikassa, jossa kaikki muut ovat keskenään samanlaisia.

It's dangerous to be different, where everyone else is alike.

Children of the Cave has been translated by the mother-and-daughter team of Emily and Fleur Jeremiah, tr
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by José Saramago
"Deep Inside Lisbon

How is it possible to combine Kafka, Proust, and Borges to create something entirely unique and compelling? Only Saramago knows for sure. With him Portugal is the home of Everyman who copes with the quotidian as well as the bizar..." Read more of this review »
2018 on Goodreads by Various
" Congratulations on the thesis - and it has been great to follow your reviews and blog during the year (is there a way to get alerts whenever a new pos ...more "
More of Paul's books…
Bohumil Hrabal
“No book worth its salt is meant to put you to sleep, it's meant to make you jump out of your bed in your underwear and run and beat the author's brains out.”
Bohumil Hrabal, Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

W.G. Sebald
“We learn from history as much as a rabbit learns from an experiment that's performed upon it.”
W.G. Sebald

Lionel Shriver
“Great American Novel” = ”doorstop of a book, usually pretentious, written by a man.”
Lionel Shriver

Thomas Bernhard
“We must allow ourselves to think, we must dare to think, even though we fail. It is in the nature of things that we always fail, because we suddenly find it impossible to order our thoughts, because the process of thinking requires us to consider every thought there is, every possible thought. Fundamentally we have always failed, like all the others, whoever they were, even the greatest minds. At some point, they suddenly failed and their system collapsed, as is proved by their writings, which we admire because they venture farthest into failure. To think is to fail, I thought.”
Thomas Bernhard, Extinction

Olga Grushin
“In anyone's life there can be only a few such moments - moments when a long, ringing hush fills your hearing, the world stands still as if under a magic spell, and thoughts and feelings course freely through your being, traversing the whole of eternity in the duration of a minute, so that when time resumes and you return from whatever nameless, dazzling void you briefly inhabited, you find yourself changed, changed irrevocably, and from then on, whether you want it or not, your life flows in a different direction. This was such a moment for me.”
Olga Grushin, The Dream Life of Sukhanov

186163 The Mookse and the Gripes — 574 members — last activity 1 hour, 47 min ago
Forum for spirited and convivial discussion of fiction from around the world, with particular though not exclusive focus on 20th and 21st century fict ...more
169184 ManBookering — 1320 members — last activity 1 hour, 52 min ago
Join us as we read the backlist of Man Booker Prize winners and the nominees each year for the MBP!
187001 Newest Literary Fiction — 352 members — last activity 52 minutes ago
Discover and share your discovery of the most recently published literary fiction. If you love reading novels before anyone else decides they are good ...more
59543 21st Century Literature — 1994 members — last activity 9 minutes ago
For people interested in keeping up with the modern literary classics. We will be reading fiction and fine literature from 2000 to present, with the i ...more
222877 Bayacayanii — 16 members — last activity Jul 06, 2018 08:49PM
This is for anyone who likes books. Discuss your favourite books and characters together. Be a Bayacayanii!
752314 Books Almost Nobody Reads (But Should) — 184 members — last activity 7 hours, 34 min ago
What oldish unread stuff should more people be reading? Do you love riveting out compelling stories from the back shelves of used bookstores? Are you ...more
35402 Loosed in Translation — 386 members — last activity Feb 03, 2018 11:58PM
Are you interested in world literature, and works in translation? Come here for recommendations, resources, links, advice on who the best translator o ...more
97302 The BURIED Book Club — 497 members — last activity Dec 07, 2018 09:45AM
1 Goodreads Feedback — 26708 members — last activity 5 minutes ago
Welcome to the Feedback Group! We’re glad you’re here. This is a place to find out what’s new at Goodreads and to share your feedback, including shari ...more
82574 The Nobel Prize in Literature — 247 members — last activity Oct 13, 2016 04:35AM
Ah, the Nobel Prize! The decision of a jury of aristocratic Swedes who, since 1901, have awarded the prize to seven of their countrymen and one of the ...more
More of Paul’s groups…

Comments (showing 1-14)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 14: by Tip

Tip Hello Paul Fulcher. Thank you for accepting my request. I would love to message you but can't as you have an author profile. Would you mind messaging me first?
From Tip

FAT HAMSTER!!! Tomorrow (Friday) at four p.m.

FAT HAMSTER!!! Hi. Am at TC right now secretly messaging you.

message 11: by Satsuma

Satsuma Hi miss you from S, J, S!

Satsuma Paul.
Sorry, I just love your name. One of my family is called paul!

message 8: by Paul

Paul Fulcher FAT HAMSTER!!! wrote: "Hi! Thanks for befriending me, as I am new!"

Thank you Fat Hamster - although oddly you remind me of someone....

FAT HAMSTER!!! Hi! Thanks for befriending me, as I am new!

Satsuma Hi Paul! You are an amazing Goodreads contributor! :D
Just wanted to say that I'm having a hard time keeping up with your reviews, but they're really good!!!

Majenta Hello, Paul! Thank you for contacting me! I hope you are well and will have a great weekend. Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta

Satsuma Thanks for accepting my friend request!

message 3: by Paul

Paul Fulcher Mark wrote: "That is the coolest thing. I expect a handsigned copy of the book tomorrow at lunch. Very well done."

As long as you have a cheque for 100 quid! Quality literature doesn't come cheap!

Mark Hebwood That is the coolest thing. I expect a handsigned copy of the book tomorrow at lunch. Very well done.

Richard Glad to be among the select few. Thank you for accepting the friend request.

back to top