Monthly Archives: October 2016

Letters to Poseidon by Cees Nooteboom (translated by Laura Watkinson)

A collection of very odd symptoms sent me off to the GP on Thursday, and I came back with a diagnosis of shingles, an instruction to rest along with some anti-virals with a dosage strong enough to sink a whale. … Continue reading

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Black Milk: on motherhood and writing by Elif Shafak (translated by Hande Zapsu

Elif Shafak is a Turkish writer, one of the most well-known Turkish writers, famous for books like The Bastard of Istanbul, Honour and The Forty Rules of Love. Black Milk – on motherhood and writing – is a non-fiction (or … Continue reading

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Public Library and other stories by Ali Smith

I seem to go through phases of feeling exhausted by reading, of wanting to read too much and too widely (though not deeply enough), and feeling pressured by the weight of it all. Most recently I was heading for a … Continue reading

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Living, Thinking, Looking by Siri Hustvedt

You might be thinking that I’m a little bit obsessed with Siri Hustvedt by now, and you would probably be right. This is how I like to roll with my reading. I read a book and then it reminds me … Continue reading

Posted in Art, essays, health, medicine, neurology, non-fiction, psychology, Siri Hustvedt | 4 Comments

Trysting by Emmanuelle Pagano (translated by Jennifer Higgins and Sophie Lewis

“Illness has made her so thin that making love has become painful. Painful for us both. I wish she could be blooming again, bursting with health, big, full of life. But she’s dying and I hurt her. But she’s dying … Continue reading

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The Violet Hour (Great writers at the end) by Katie Roiphe

I first encountered Katie Roiphe via Canongate Books’ ‘Handpicked’ initiative whereby if you bought one title they would ‘handpick’ another for you and send it to you free of charge. As a vociferous advocate of Canongate (they publish excellent books) … Continue reading

Posted in death, non-fiction, Uncategorized, writers | 6 Comments

The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt

“It is impossible to divine a story while you are living it; it is shapeless; an inchoate procession of words and things, and let us be frank: we never recover what was. Most of it vanishes. And yet as I … Continue reading

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Too many books spoil the reading

It is probably not much of a surprise that I have too many books. I imagine that anyone who is running a book blog, whether for personal enjoyment or employment, suffers from an excess of books. I have lots of … Continue reading

Posted in personal reflection, Uncategorized | 16 Comments