Category Archives: Claire Louise Bennett

My favourite books of the 21st century, so far…

  Recently ‘The Guardian’ published a list of the ‘best’ books of the twenty first century so far. It got me to thinking and so here I present my own list. They may not be acknowledged ‘classics’ (though some are) … Continue reading

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Decisions, decisions…

This week saw my books teetering into the realms of silliness. The LGBT history and Biography shelves threatened to swamp my bedroom door, the ‘to be read’ stacks in the bedroom had been there so long they were resembling cubist … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Ah, Morrissey: so much to answer for. I loved Morrissey in 1984 and I love him now. He might come out with some extraordinary nonsense now and again but the world would be a  poorer place without him…and if you … Continue reading

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Books of the Year 2017

The Ali Smith Book of the year: ‘Winter’ by Ali Smith Is this the most enjoyable book of the year? No. But, like last year’s ‘Autumn’ it is possibly one of the most pertinent and timely of books and is … Continue reading

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‘Pond’ Claire-Louise Bennett

  Prior to going away on holiday I ordered a copy of ‘Two Stories’, a celebration of the first publication by The Hogarth Press, set up by Virginia and Leonard Woolf in 1917 to publish their work and others who … Continue reading

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Music Time: Saint Etienne

Summer’s here, so who better than Saint Etienne, the best band in all the world! And… I’ve finally(!) finalised my holiday reading (I am a natural ditherer): So, alongside Merce Rodereda and Elizabeth David which I wrote about earlier, I’ve … Continue reading

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