Category Archives: E F Benson

In honour of the Rio Olympics: A round up of great sport books

As this blog amply demonstrates, I’m more of a sit-still-with-a-book person than someone who’s really into sports.  Once every four years though, I do get into the fun of watching others break records, push their bodies to the limit and … Continue reading

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Top Summer Reads

My reading of Emma Cline’s ‘The Girls,’ a coming-of-age story complicated by a brutality that breeds in the Californian heat, was somewhat subsumed by my general wish for a scorching hot summer to begin.  In true British fashion, I’m always happy … Continue reading

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Going for the chop part II: My Favourite Men’s Literary Hair Styling Moments

Last year I made up a list of my top hair cutting moments in literature and shared some rather glib conclusions about the significance of hair cuts for heroines (you can see the post here).  I’ve been feeling mildly guilty … Continue reading

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‘Tis The Season to be Jolly: My Favourite Festive Reads

As the TV schedule fills up with re-runs and shops play Christmas carols on repeat, this is a time of year when it feel perfectly appropriate to return to tried and tested Christmas novels.  Here are my personal seasonal favourites. … Continue reading

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Going for the chop: My Favourite Literary Haircuts

There’s a significant moment in ‘The Lowlands’ when Gauri cuts her hair, symbolising (amongst other things) her determined dissociation from her Indian past. It made me realise how much I love a good literary hair-cut – that photo-op moment for … Continue reading

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A Literary Must-See in Brooklyn: The Shakespeare Garden (cf. E. F. Benson’s ‘Queen Lucia’)

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a beautiful spot in the city and has also provided a literary highlight of my holiday, its Shakespeare Garden.  This is a dedicted space that contains a few benches, several labels with quotations and lots of … Continue reading

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Location Reading: Books on Holiday

I remember a distinctively adolescent moan I once had at my parents, complaining that we never went anywhere exciting for family holidays.  The (very reasonable) response was that this would have been wasted on me anyway as I spend all … Continue reading

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