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Chantal Joffe

This week I bought some postcards from an exhibition of the work of Chantal Joffe. Beautiful. Advertisements

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This month’s book haul

In the past few weeks I’ve some great new books: Eduoard Louis’ ‘History of Violence’; Sayaka Murata’s ‘Convenience Store Woman’ , Imogen Hermes Gowar’s ‘The Mermaid and Mrs Hanock’ and Ottessa Moshfegh’s glorious ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’. I’ll … Continue reading

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Crudo – Olivia Laing

‘Crudo’ is a beautifully produced book, with fine, thick paper and clever finishing touches such as the tiny crab and the shellfish hammer printed on the end pages. As a novel, however, I found it frustrating, all the more so … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Olivia Laing’s ‘Crudo‘ has been much hyped and praised in the press, so I really had to buy a copy. It’s a short novel (which is always a bonus in my eyes), the only drawback being that the main character … Continue reading

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Outline/Transit/Kudos – Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk’s ‘Transit’ trilogy is something I have come late to: The first volume, ‘Outline’, was published in 2014, with the final volume, ‘Kudos’ published earlier this year. I gobbled up ‘Outline’ in Mallorca, intrigued by Cusk’s narrator (a famous … Continue reading

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Pride: some lesser known(ish!) reads

Recently I’ve been seeing lots of online posts showing the books which people are reading to celebrate the LGBT+ Pride ‘season’. (Although I’m not sure that ‘season’ is adequate anymore: surely Pride exists all year round to let business get … Continue reading

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