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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 →

Book Review: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Four Mums in a Boat, by Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies and Janette Benaddi

“Friends who rowed 3,000 miles, broke a world record, and learnt a lot about life along the way” That’s the strap line for Four Mums in a Boat. It is an enticing story, and an inspirational one. Four mums who… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Two brown girls dream of being dancers–but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, about what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close… Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Swordfish and The Star, by Gavin Knight

I bought this book because I was completely engrossed by an article in The Sunday Times that was written by Knight, based on his book. The focus of this article ‘Cornwall Uncovered’, timed for the annual invasion of tourists to… Continue Reading →

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