Category Archives: Gwendoline Riley

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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