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Smart, sharp and profound: ‘How the Light Gets In’ by Clare Fisher

There really is no excuse for how long it’s taken me to get round to writing about Fisher’s short story collection.  The delay is certainly not because of any doubt on my part that this book should be raved about and … Continue reading

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A Chilling Summer Read: ‘The Birds’ by Tarjei Vesaas

Tarjei Vesaas’ The Ice Palace was one of the most memorable reads from my immersion in Nordic literature last January.  After the magical and terrifying evocation of winter in that most chilling of Norwegian novels, I was fully prepared to shiver … Continue reading

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Musings on Time and Space: ‘Flights’ by Olga Tokarczuk

With its beautiful stark blue cover, the Fitzcarraldo Edition of ‘Flights’ doesn’t give away much about the book’s content.  The blub, starting with the sentence ‘Flights, a novel about travel in the twenty-first century and human anatomy, is Olga Tokarczuk’s … Continue reading

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Melancholy Beauty: ‘The Hour of the Star’ by Clarice Lispector (translated by Giovanni Pontiero)

It is hard to know where to begin with this review.  ‘The Hour of the Star’ is a novella that is so short and so full of perfectly crafted sentences and images, my strong temptation to fill the blog post … Continue reading

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Classic Science Fiction: ‘I Robot’ by Asimov

As the recent silence on my blog demonstrates, I’ve been suffering from something of a reading slump.  As all experienced readers know, the only way to combat such misery is to wait it out, holding on to the hope that … Continue reading

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A very full year: ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’ (part 4 – winter) by Anthony Powell

I realise I am late with this, and trying to use the recent terrible weather as an excuse for thinking it’s still winter isn’t entirely convincing. Maybe I should claim instead that the somewhat languid pace of the Dance sequence … Continue reading

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Addictively Silly: The Mysteries of Paris by Eugène Sue (1842-43)

The Mysteries of Paris begins in the dank alleyways of the Parisian underworld.  A mysterious stranger ‘darted with hasty step into the Cité, that labyrinth of obscure, narrow, and winding streets which extends from the Palais de Justice to Notre … Continue reading

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