Category Archives: comfort books

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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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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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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