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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:

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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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The Frozen Ship: The History & Tales of Polar Exploration by Sarah Moss

“It was, of course, always a fantasy that the polar regions are qualitatively different from the rest of the world, as anyone who has lived and worked within the Arctic Circle can confirm. It is space like any other, inhabited … Continue reading

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Reading more slowly: the first month

It’s been a strange month, strange in a good way though it’s been emotionally challenging too. I’ve limited myself to four books this month (well, four and a bit) and all of them have been books I’ve read before. I … Continue reading

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