Category Archives: Literary

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Unknown

Someone, naming no names, is a massive nerd, and because he reads things like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, his Goodreads account is now relentlessly determined he should be reading The Lais of Marie de France. Doesn’t matter what book he … Continue reading

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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride

This was… weird. (I got that far and then paused writing to do something else, and now it’s over a week later and I’m tempted to leave this post there… but I won’t). I’m not sure if that is a … Continue reading

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Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World – Lyndall Gordon

I don’t often read biography. I’m not sure why; it just mostly doesn’t appeal to me, though I do treasure my biography of Michael Ventris* somewhat. And I’m assuming historical fiction based on the life of Cicero doesn’t count. So … Continue reading

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The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Shockingly, given it won the Booker Prize, I was expecting this to be good. And, doubly shockingly, it didn’t disappoint. This isn’t going to be a shocking review, all told. You know sometimes you get that feeling with something – … Continue reading

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The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood

So I realise it’s been a while since I last posted… normally, when I take ages over a book, it’s a sign that it was rubbish. This one though? NOT SO. It was, frankly, amazing. I can 100% see why … Continue reading

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Ghostwritten – David Mitchell

I really rather love David Mitchell. No real qualification to that, he just writes really well and it pleases me. However, this was his first book, and often that is a bit of a disappointment compared to a favourite author’s … Continue reading

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