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‘Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile’ Adelle Stripe

Adelle Stripe’s novel ‘Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile’ is based on the life of Andrea Dunbar, a playwright whose early plays were put on at the Royal Court in London and later turned into the film ‘Rita, Sue and Bob … Continue reading

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The End of Eddy – Edouard Louis

‘Before I had a chance to rebel against the world of my childhood, that world rebelled against me. In truth, confronting my parents, my social class, its poverty, racism and brutality came second. From early on I provoked shame and … Continue reading

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If only…

On those days when I’m between books and can’t quite settle on something new, I often think about those ‘if only..’ books which I long to read but know that they will only ever exist in my imagination. Here are … Continue reading

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As if by magic: Boty, Dunn, Smith and Me.

Do books impart a magic of their own? Some might call it ‘psychometry’, or the ability to make connections with an object’s history through physical contact. Of course, logic tells me this is nonsense, but part of me always succumbs… On Tuesday it was … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

An interesting haul this week, starting with a Nell Dunn which I have never read before: ‘I Want’, co-written with Adrian Henri. Hurrah – it’s always good to track down a book after years of searching, and I do so … Continue reading

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The Victorian Chaise Longue – Marghanita Laski

Published in 1954, Marghanita Laski’s ‘The Victorian Chaise Long’ is a wonderfully simple yet profoundly disturbing novella which, in some ways, was ahead of its time. Melanie, a young wife and mother, is recovering from tuberculosis in the house which she and … Continue reading

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‘Up the Junction’ Nell Dunn

  In the late 1950s Nell Dunn and her husband Jeremy Sandford moved to Battersea, south London, to witness what they saw as ‘real life’. Both came from privileged backgrounds – Sandford via public school and Oxbridge, Dunn via her … Continue reading

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