Category Archives: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The books which made 2016

Book of the Year Autumn by Ali Smith  This year needed this book and Smith has provided it.  Runners Up A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson Hot Milk by Deborah Levy Other Favourites Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh At Hawthorn Time – Melissa … Continue reading

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The Victorian Chaise Longue – Marghanita Laski

Published in 1954, Marghanita Laski’s ‘The Victorian Chaise Long’ is a wonderfully simple yet profoundly disturbing novella which, in some ways, was ahead of its time. Melanie, a young wife and mother, is recovering from tuberculosis in the house which she and … Continue reading

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Great Ghost Stories

Following on from my recent dissection of the great ghost story, here are a few of my favourites, in no particular order…  ‘Lost Hearts’ – MR James A young boy is adopted by his elderly cousin. What are his cousin’s motives, … Continue reading

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