Category Archives: Muriel Spark

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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The Hothouse by the East River – Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark is a tonic. Her books may be slender but what they lack in heft they more than make up for with a huge compression of the blackest of humour, the sharpest of prose, the cleanest of styles and … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

OK, so after contemplating clearing out some of my books, I am trying to reduce my purchases…honestly! The first two books this weeks were charity shop finds, both perfect for my summer holiday: Firstly, The Complete Short Stories of Muriel … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

A while ago a really enjoyed a selection of short stories by Lara Williams, ‘Treats’ and here we have her first novel, ‘Supper Club’: ‘Supper Club is a secret society for hungry women. Each woman comes for her own reasons, … Continue reading

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Scary stories for Hallowe’en

There are many scary stories out there, from Stephen King and Shirley Jackson to the wonderful Pan Books of Horror Stories. Hopefully, the following selection includes some lesser known and unexpected choices… Firstly, in her centenary year, some Muriel Spark. … Continue reading

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Beautiful Books 8

or, ‘You can (sometimes!) judge a book by its cover’ ‘Land’ by Antony Gormley, Clare Ricardson and Jeanette Winterson. Given Jeanette Winterson’s upbringing in a Pentacostal family, it seems strangely apt that this book should have an almost biblical quality … 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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