Author Archives: wordsandpictures2016

Cry, Mother Spain – Lydie Salvayre

‘Until now, I had never felt the urge to roll doglike (but in a literary sense) in my mother’s memories of the Spanish Civil War nor even to read any books on the subject. Yet now I feel the time … Continue reading

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October

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Holiday Reading

I’m off to the land of sun, sea and demons (i.e. Mallorca) at the end of the week, so I thought I’d share with you my holiday reading. Strangely, my selection has been pretty painless compared to previous holidays where … Continue reading

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A Queer Sort of History

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the (partial) legalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. (It would be 1980 before Scotland followed suit and 1981 for Northern Ireland). Bisexuality, transgenderism or lesbianism have never been illegal in Britain (despite … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Just the one book this week – and something from the Booker Prize longlist: ‘Elmet’ by Fiona Mozley. This year’s longlist is a bit of an odd one. Of the books I’ve read only one deserves to be there: ‘Reservoir … Continue reading

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‘Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile’ Adelle Stripe

Adelle Stripe’s novelĀ ‘Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile’ is based on the life of Andrea Dunbar, a playwright whose early plays were put on at the Royal Court in London and later turned into the film ‘Rita, Sue and Bob … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

A non-fiction week, just for a change. First up is Andrew O’Hagan’s ‘The Secret Life’, a collection of three essays on individuals ‘from the porous border between cyberspace and the ‘real world”: ‘The Invention of Ronald Pinn’ finds O’Hagan exploring … Continue reading

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