Category Archives: comfort books

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

For those of you who have seen the movie Gladiator, you may recognise the name Marcus Aurelius as being the old emperor who offers Maximus the stewardship of Rome, only to be assassinated by his own son, inadvertently condemning Maximus … Continue reading

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Consolations of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson (translated by Linda Coverdale)

I can’t believe that I have failed to blog about this book before, but I’ve checked both this blog and my old blog and somehow this little gem has slipped through the cracks. Consolations of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson … Continue reading

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The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt

I recently spent a week working very intensely away from home, 8am to 7pm working days, with a half-hour break for lunch and all that time spend holed up in a room reading boring files. Reading anything else, not surprisingly, … Continue reading

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Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

I was first introduced to Marilynne Robinson via a library loan of Home one of her books set in the fictional town of Gilead, which she has explored in some depth in subsequent books and which, perhaps, have become her better known … Continue reading

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The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

This year Christmas has crept up on me; I have been sick, twice, one with shingles and the second time with a bad cold. My daughter has been sick with a nasty viral infection. Our two lovely bunnies got sick … Continue reading

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How to be a Heroine (or what I’ve learned from reading too much) by Samantha Ellis

I first heard about this book from HeavenAli’s blog and knew immediately that I needed to read it. How to be a Heroine is part memoir, part literary criticism, part feminist exploration of the impact of reading on the female … Continue reading

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The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

First published in 1906, The Book of Tea is a neat little book about the art of the Japanese tea ceremony, as well as the history and philosophies that have shaped it. The tea ceremony is a fascinating aspect of … Continue reading

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