Julia Webb-Harvey

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Book Review (with a difference): Manhattan Transfer, by John Dos Passos

This is a departure from the way I usually like to review books. It isn’t a review about the story (I’m not even sure how to begin on that one), nor the structure. Rather, it’s what studying Manhattan Transfer has… Continue Reading →

G is for gig rowing…

What else could ‘G’ be about, but gig rowing. I belong to Flushing & Mylor Pilot Gig Club, and for our Welcome Pack I interviewed several members about their gig-rowing story. In the same vein, here’s mine. I started rowing… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote

This is a curious book, chosen from a long list of novels for the study block ahead (why the University stopped calling them terms, puzzles me). I have been meaning to read Capote for a long while. More known for… Continue Reading →

Book Review: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust), by Philip Pullman

I steadfastly tried to ignore the hype about La Belle Sauvage for two reasons. I didn’t want anything to distract me from the progress of the MA, and I didn’t want my mind clouded by others’ opinions. I managed to… Continue Reading →

My #2017bestnine

The Instagram trend, #2017bestnine, surprised me. The image captures most of the ingredients of what life is all about. The images made me smile. My husband, my dog, gig rowing, wine… ❤️ Like any trend on a popularity vote, it… Continue Reading →

The first session of the Masters is done…

Well. How did that happen? Three months have evaporated. It has been the most intense, all-consuming ‘thing’ that I’ve done in a very long time. It is a very long time since I worked full-time (then a 60-hour week, no… Continue Reading →

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