Category Archives: John Waters

This week’s book haul

Some odd choices this week. First up is We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff by Isabel Waidner. Shortlisted for the Goldsmith’s Prize for experimental fiction. This slim novel, set on the Isle of Wight, ‘collides literary aesthetics with contemporary working … Continue reading

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My favourite 20th Century books…

This is just a silly list of some of my favourite 20th century books: some are seen as ‘important’, some as ‘classics’ but what binds them together is that over the years I have gained so much enjoyment and stimulation … Continue reading

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This month’s book haul

In the past few weeks I’ve some great new books: Eduoard Louis’ ‘History of Violence’; Sayaka Murata’s ‘Convenience Store Woman’ , Imogen Hermes Gowar’s ‘The Mermaid and Mrs Hanock’ and Ottessa Moshfegh’s glorious ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’. I’ll … Continue reading

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‘Eileen’ -Ottessa Moshfegh

‘Will you please stop it! I have never found the action of deviates to be in the least bit amusing.’ Peggy Gravel (Mink Stole) in John Water’s ‘Desperate Living’. (1974) ‘Eileen’ has been smuggled into the world of ‘literature’, disguised … Continue reading

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