Category Archives: Gwendoline Riley

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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Vera – Elizabeth von Arnim

Published in 1921, ‘Vera’ tells the story of 22 year old Lucy Entwhistle who, in the hours after the death of her father, meets middle-aged  Everard Wemyss whose wife, Vera, has also recently died – albeit in rather suspicious circumstances … 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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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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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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This week’s book haul

A modest selection this week: ‘Christodora’ by Tim Murphy, which promises a ‘powerfully moving story if one family and a bold and poignant portrait of the bohemian Manhattan of sex, drugs, art, and activism over four decades.’ I’ve started it … Continue reading

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First Love – Gwendoline Riley

At the start of Jeanette Winterson’s novel ‘Oranges are Not the Only Fruit’, the character  Jeanette says of her parents, ‘My father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother liked to wrestle; it didn’t matter what. She was in the … Continue reading

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February Book Haul

Lots and lots to catch up on! Firstly, Sebastian Barry’s ‘Days Without End’, which won the Costa Book Award. I’m quite intrigued as it doesn’t sound like my usual cup of tea: Pulling together  the American War of Independence, native … Continue reading

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Something to look forward to…

Little Deaths – Emma Flint (Jan 12) It’s the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young … Continue reading

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