Category Archives: Literary

Wise Children – Angela Carter

I’m not really sure what to say about this. It’s a book that sort of defies explanation, because every time I think back on it, I wonder if I thought the wrong thing all along, and actually, there’s a totally … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker

This was a lot less about the girls than I was expecting. Which isn’t to say it was bad, just… not the book you anticipate when you read the blurb. In a large part, the book is still telling the … Continue reading

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Circe – Madeline Miller

Ok, sod it. I’m not getting through my blogging backlog. Now you’re just getting the ones I’m interested in writing (so no rereads, no graphic novels, probably). I like Bright Air Black a lot. This is going to be quite relevant … Continue reading

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Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie

Well this was amazing. I forget how brilliant good books can feel, when I’ve spent too long reading mediocre things. And this is more than just good. It wouldn’t surprise me if it ended up being the best book I … Continue reading

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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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