Category Archives: writers

Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

There are moments in reading which elevate the experience beyond mere enjoyment to something more. I find in such moments a suspension, a feeling as though I am levitating above a great, vast plain of possibility and I know that … Continue reading

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How to be a Heroine (or what I’ve learned from reading too much) by Samantha Ellis

I first heard about this book from HeavenAli’s blog and knew immediately that I needed to read it. How to be a Heroine is part memoir, part literary criticism, part feminist exploration of the impact of reading on the female … 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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