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Developing a relationship: ‘Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay’

In general, when I find an author or series that I like, I race through it uncontrollably.  It’s this kind of attitude that has lead to my uneviable position of never being able to read a new Christie Poirot or … Continue reading

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Oh, the misery and isolation … ‘Couples’ by John Updike

John Updike is one of those Great American Novelists who have always left me cold. I was turned off by his modern classic ‘Rabbit Run’ and was delighted when, after reading it, I learned that Updike is now considered a … Continue reading

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Power and Paranoia: ‘His Master’s Voice’ by Stanisław Lem

One of the things I love about great science fiction is the way its never actually about the future, or the machines or the other worlds it depicts so much as it is about the precise historical moment of its … Continue reading

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A classic horror for Halloween: ‘The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner’ by James Hogg (1824)

I read this book on my Kindle and I think the only print edition I’ve ever seen is the no doubt excellent but very drab looking Penguin Classic paperback.  Overall, I was completely unprepared for the gothic splendour and psychological … Continue reading

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‘To Autumn’ by William Blake

When I think of Blake, I generally think of madness and intensity and gothic splendour. I tend to forget he also wrote poems of innocence and some really charming verses about the simple pleasures of nature.  Of course, one of … Continue reading

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A Fin de Siècle Fantasy: ‘Psyche’ by Louis Couperus

“My gentle Psyche!” Said he.  “My child and my wife and my tender princess! Kneel not to me.  In love it is sweet to give and to suffer.  Love gives, and love suffers” Oh, there’s nothing like a good, overblown, … Continue reading

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A Classic Western: ‘Lonesome Dove’ by Larry McMurtry

I never would have called myself a fan of Westerns.  As a bookish woman who loves living in London, I felt that even the premise of epic escapism would not be enough to make me want to spend imaginary time … Continue reading

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