Category Archives: death

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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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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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

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