Category Archives: Penguin Books

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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Books I Ought to Read No. 3: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

I’ve tried to read The House of Mirth before. It wasn’t really a very serious attempt; I started reading and thought ‘this is interesting’ and then put it down and read something else. After my last books I ought to … Continue reading

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Black Milk: on motherhood and writing by Elif Shafak (translated by Hande Zapsu

Elif Shafak is a Turkish writer, one of the most well-known Turkish writers, famous for books like The Bastard of Istanbul, Honour and The Forty Rules of Love. Black Milk – on motherhood and writing – is a non-fiction (or … 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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Books I Ought to Read: No. 2 – The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

I had this idea a while ago that I really ought to get around to those books I ought to read. You know the ones: the classic ones that you (by you I mean I) buy and then stick on … Continue reading

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Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys

I’ve read a couple of other books by Rhys –  Good Morning, Midnight and Wide Sargasso Sea – and both are excellent books, but still I approached Voyage in the Dark with a sense of trepidation. Both my prior reads … Continue reading

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Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich (translated by Anna Gunin and Arch Tait)

“What do savages understand about lightning?” Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2015, a win which was greeted with a mass ‘eh’ from the West, as Alexievich was not a well-known writer in the Western literary world. … Continue reading

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