Category Archives: Zadie Smith

My favourite books of the 21st century, so far…

  Recently ‘The Guardian’ published a list of the ‘best’ books of the twenty first century so far. It got me to thinking and so here I present my own list. They may not be acknowledged ‘classics’ (though some are) … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Firstly this week, a beautiful book by a writer I have never read before: Edna O’Brien. I love the 1950s style cover for a book which has had great reviews, and comes with a warning about the harrowing nature of … Continue reading

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Pant-wetting excitements

It is cold and dark and wet and Britain seems hell bent on self destruction so I’m going to try to cheer myself up my thinking about some of the literary treats we have in the months ahead. Lanny by … 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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‘Travelling in a Strange Land’ David Park

Sometimes, I think you can tell the mettle of a writer not by the first lines of their novels but the last. Take Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’ (not her best novel, of course, but no one can doubt her talent) … Continue reading

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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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Swing Time – Zadie Smith

‘It was the first day of my humiliation. Put on a plane, sent back home, to England, set up with a temporary rental in St. John’s Wood.’ In her London exile,¬†our narrator remembers her childhood obsession with dance and musicals, … Continue reading

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