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Another adulterous woman: ‘Effi Briest’ by Thoedor Fontane

This year I decided to collect the last of the set.  Arguably there are three great nineteenth-century adultery novels of which the French ‘Madame Bovary’ is the oldest and the Russian ‘Anna Karenina’ is the longest.  Fontane’s contribution to the … Continue reading

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Writing the Revolution: ‘March 1917’ by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I was so excited to be given the opportunity of reviewing Marian Schwartz’s English translation of ‘Node 3, book 1’ of Solzhenitsyn’s monumental historical novel cycle ‘The Red Wheel.’  Of course, when I jumped at the chance, I hadn’t quite … Continue reading

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A worthy winner of the Woman’s Prize for Fiction: ‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone was one of my top reads of 2015.  In fact, I loved it so much I had mentally picked ‘Home Fire’ as the winner for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction before reading … Continue reading

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Not About Books

I never thought that I would be writing about capital P Politics on this blog, but I feel it’s important to briefly share my sadness and anger at the outcome of the UK referendum, an outcome I very much fear is … Continue reading

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