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Exquisite horror: Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood … Continue reading

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Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi

‘Beside the Sea’ is one of those short stylist books published by Peirene where the brevity of the story belies its formidable strength and power.  The narrative, in which a single mother takes her two young sons on a trip … Continue reading

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Looking back: ‘August 1914’ and ‘November 1916’ by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

I’ve actually read ‘August 1914’ before, but never blogged about it because I found the whole experience so confusing.  It is the first volume in Solzhenitsyn’s ‘Red Wheel’ cycle and delivers exactly what the title promises – over 700 pages … Continue reading

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When you hate the hero: ‘Empire of the Sun’ by J. G. Ballard (1984)

I’m a serial monogamist when it comes to books.  I have trouble reading more than one at a time, but get extremely anxious if I don’t have a book constantly on the go.  This meant my reading experience of ‘Empire … Continue reading

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