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Beautiful Books 18

The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns, Heinemann, 1959, ‘Wrapper Design’ by Charles Stuart Charles Stewart was born in 1915 on the island of Panay in the Philipines. A delicate child, at three he was sent to live on the family … Continue reading

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Holiday Reading

So, a holiday is finally sorted: I’m spending a week in this lovely house on the Welsh coast. Hurrah! To take into account this change (my original hope was for my beloved Mallorca) I’ve made some slight amendments to my … Continue reading

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Death in Her Hands – Ottessa Moshfegh

Following on from ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’ comes another treatise on solitude, this time from the angle of 72 year old Vesta, a widow who has recently moved to a new town, spending her days in solitude. One … Continue reading

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Real Life – Brandon Taylor

Wallace is a grad school scientist, a young, gay black man from a poor background, surrounded by white privilege and a world with which he isn’t too sure that he wants or even can, be a part of. Over the … Continue reading

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The Muse – Nell Dunn

In the late 1950s, Nell Dunn and her partner moved to live in Battersea, south London. To the privileged pair, the working class streets were a revelation, a whole new world which redefined beauty and taught them about the beating … Continue reading

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A HUGE August Book Haul, plus holiday reading

A Book Haul Finally – charity shops are open again! Hurrah! My first charity purchase in many months is an old classic, a lovely first edition of Derek Jarman’s angry memoir-cum-polemic ‘At Your Own Risk’. (1992). In it he touches … Continue reading

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Beautiful Books 17

Call me fickle, but as you’ve probably guessed from this series of ‘Beautiful Books’ I see books as both objects and texts…which means that sometimes I might just buy a book because of its cover or design, and beautiful book … Continue reading

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Dreams DO come true…

A few years ago I wrote about the books I longed to see but would probably never come to pass: a new Tony Warren novel, Virginia Woolf’s lost diaries, something (anything!) from Shena Mackay…and a third volume to make up … Continue reading

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A Book Haul – July 2020

First up, a couple of books which I bought specifically for a summer holiday in a few week’s time (fingers crossed!). ‘Magpie Lane’ by Lucy Atkins has had some excellent ‘word of mouth’ recommendations. ‘When the eight-year-old daughter of an … Continue reading

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Music Time: Roisin Murphy

One of the few positive side effects of the Corona Virus outbreak is the growth of artists performing from their homes. This FANTASTIC version of ‘Sing in Back’ (LOVE the ‘I Feel Love’ samples) is a prime example! Pull off … Continue reading

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