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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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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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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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Beautiful Books 2

or, ‘You can (sometimes!) judge a book by its cover’ I love this book, and will write about the fantastic writing of Nell Dunn soon but in the meantime, just gaze upon this, possibly one of my favourite covers ever. While … Continue reading

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