Tag 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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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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