Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits

“Fresh, clean sheets on a bed of down, linen and cotton, the comforting weight of a good blanket or the primal appeal of a sheepskin thrown over a chair all touch us and ask us to stop and hygge. Hygge is … Continue reading

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Books I Ought to Read: No. 2 – The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

I had this idea a while ago that I really ought to get around to those books I ought to read. You know the ones: the classic ones that you (by you I mean I) buy and then stick on … Continue reading

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The Enchantment of Lily Dahl by Siri Hustvedt

I was reminded of Siri Hustvedt on reading a blog over at A Life in Books about her better-known husband, Paul Auster, and I was immediately overcome by a desire to read a bunch of her books. I like Auster, … Continue reading

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Smile Please: an unfinished autobiography by Jean Rhys

“So as soon as I could I lost myself in the immense world of books, and tried to blot out the real world which was so puzzling to me. Even then I had a vague, persistent feeling that I’d always … Continue reading

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Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys

I’ve read a couple of other books by Rhys –  Good Morning, Midnight and Wide Sargasso Sea – and both are excellent books, but still I approached Voyage in the Dark with a sense of trepidation. Both my prior reads … Continue reading

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White Sands Experiences from the Outside World by Geoff Dyer

I’m a sucker for a nice looking cover and a bit of canny marketing from Canongate books. Which is how I ended up with this very nice looking book by Geoff Dyer. I’ve never read Geoff Dyer before, I’m sure … Continue reading

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The Lauras by Sara Taylor

I remember there being a flurry of blog activity around the release of The Shore by Sara Taylor last year, and whilst I wanted to read the book I didn’t have chance and the moment seemed to pass me by. … Continue reading

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