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I'm an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in an ordinary place, and it is quietly wonderful

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa (translated by Margaret Jull Costa)

I started reading The Book of Disquiet during that very quiet, reflective period immediately after Christmas and it was both the perfect and the worst time to start it. Perfect because I was in exactly the right frame of mind … Continue reading

Posted in fiction, memoir, outwith, translation | 6 Comments

The Art of Frugal Hedonism by Annie Raser-Rowland & Adam Grubb

After reading a review on ANZ LitLovers’ blog I put this book on a wishlist as it looked to be the kind of book I would definitely want to read, and that’s where I left it because as a budding … Continue reading

Posted in lifestyle, non-fiction | 9 Comments

The Makioka Sisters by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (translated by Edward G. Seidensticker)

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki is a writer I associate very strongly with a kind of claustrophobic, highly charged, erotic, chaotic, madcap kind of fiction. I’ve read both Diary of a Mad Old Man and The Key and both novels are quite similar … Continue reading

Posted in Classics, fiction, Japanese | 4 Comments

Reflections on a year of reading less

I’ve read a total of 50 books this year, 51 if you count the Tao te Ching (and somehow I never do); it’s still a lot, perhaps more than most read, but as a life-long bibliophile, and obsessive-compulsive book hoarder … Continue reading

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Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“I believe that true identity is found, as Eckhart once said, by ‘going into one’s own ground and knowing oneself.’ It is found in creative activity springing from within. It is found, paradoxically, when one loses oneself. One must lose … Continue reading

Posted in gender, non-fiction, outwith, personal reflection, self-help | 4 Comments

Dreaming of Babylon by Richard Brautigan

I was searching for a gift for a friend in my local branch of Waterstones when I noticed the shiny new versions of Richard Brautigan’s books, gorgeously packaged by Canongate, looking shiny and new and very impressive on the shelf. … Continue reading

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Women and Power by Mary Beard

I am a great admirer of Mary Beard, I love how she is so willing to take on the Twitter trolls with humour and aplomb. I’ve seen her present tv programmes on the BBC and she’s engaging, generous and interesting. … Continue reading

Posted in equality, essays, gender, non-fiction, philosophy, politics | 4 Comments