Category Archives: Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf on Language

This morning while travelling to work, watching pedestrians trudging their way to office and shop, a rich fruity voice interrupted my usual i-pod broadcast Words, English words, are full of echoes, of memories, of associations. They have been out and … 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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London

My latest obsession is Tracey Thorn’s new album, ‘Record’, which contains amongst all the other gems, a song called ‘Smoke’ in which Tracey talk about her attachment to and feelings about London: ‘London you’re in my blood And you’ve been … Continue reading

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‘Pond’ Claire-Louise Bennett

  Prior to going away on holiday I ordered a copy of ‘Two Stories’, a celebration of the first publication by The Hogarth Press, set up by Virginia and Leonard Woolf in 1917 to publish their work and others who … Continue reading

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‘Reservoir 13’ Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor’s fourth novel present us with a panoramic presentation of life in the here and now. It is a stylistic dream, immersing the reader in what is the literary equivalent of 3D cinema. It is soap opera (not a dirty phrase in … Continue reading

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‘The Stopped Heart’ Julie Myerson

Julie Myerson excels in making her readers feel uncomfortable. Her last novel, ‘The Quickening’ (for the ‘Hammer’ Horror imprint) brought together  the themes which surface in much of her work, primarily the relationship between parent and child in often extraordinary … Continue reading

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‘A God in Ruins’ Kate Atkinson

  ‘When they first moved into this house there had been a lovely lilac that graced the front garden, but Teddy had clipped it down when it was in full scented flower in the first April. ‘But why?’ she said, … Continue reading

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