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Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

It’s felt like a long time since I’ve been able to absorb myself in a lengthy book. My reading recently has been fitful and focused; a tight, sharp jab at something specific, not without reward but lacking in patience. This … Continue reading

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Zero K by Don DeLillo

Life has been a bit messy recently, strangely bitty and unsettled and I’ve found myself craving silence and darkness, crystal-cold clarity and the icy certainty of facts and analysable data. It may have something to do with the slow procession … Continue reading

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Dreams of Trespass (Tales of a Harem Girlhood) by Fatima Mernissi

I feel a bit weighed down by North American writers at the moment. The last 3 books I’ve read have been by North American writers and having done a little audit of my TBRs there’s a glut of North American … Continue reading

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A new blog

When I started out trying to read fewer books what I was really trying to do was to give myself some space in which to figure out what I really want to do with my life. Hey, I’m 42 and … Continue reading

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Link: what writers really do when they write

This article by George Saunders is sublime: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/04/what-writers-really-do-when-they-write

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Onward goes the new Fram!

In a fascinating twist of serendipity, I was astonished to read in the news today that the Mosaic expedition will repeat the landmark journey undertaken by the Fram, which I recently read about in Fridtjof Nansen’s book Farthest North. The expedition aims to … Continue reading

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[Interlude] Living outside cyberia

I’m in the middle of a longish book at the moment, but I’ve been finding time to read a few articles and I wanted to write a little about this one which appeared on the Guardian website last week and … Continue reading

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