Category Archives: non-fiction

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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Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

It’s been a bit of a tough year on the personal front. Nothing truly terrible has happened, but I have found myself in a situation where I feel I have been robbed of all my power, my ferocity, and I … Continue reading

Posted in gender, non-fiction, psychology, self-help | 12 Comments

A Message from God in the Atomic Age by Irene Vilar (translated by Gregory Rabassa)

I could have chosen this book for the title alone, but its acquisition was more about securing myself a more diverse range of voices than that currently available in my library. Which is an admission that I bought this book, … Continue reading

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The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich (translated by Pevear & Volokhonsky) #WITMonth

  “There can’t be one heart for hatred and another for love.” A while ago I read Svetlana Alexievich’s extraordinary Chernobyl Prayer, her account – by collating lots of witness accounts – of the Chernobyl incident, the meltdown and the … Continue reading

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I’ve been thinking about and reading a lot about ‘minimalism’ recently, the idea of minimising your possessions and living more intentionally. I watched a documentary about the movement a while ago, right at the beginning of my reading fewer books … Continue reading

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Findings by Kathleen Jamie

“This is what I want to learn: to notice, but not to analyse.” When I read that line I realised that Jamie had latched on, somehow, to my very thoughts, and I realised that most of my reading this year, … Continue reading

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Bluets by Maggie Nelson

“6. This half-circle of blinding turquoise ocean is this love’s primal scene. That this blue exists makes my life a remarkable one, just to have seen it. To have seen such beautiful things. To find oneself placed in their midst. … Continue reading

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