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Happy Birthday Virginia Woolf!

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Virginia Woolf would have been 133 today, the 25th January, the anniversary of her birth. I thought I’d celebrate the date by making her the first author that I’d knit for my 2015… Continue reading

He should have gone to a Premier Inn

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On the whole, I’m pretty good at sleeping. Once I’m off, it’d take the equivalent of a herd of angry buffalo doing the Macarena to wake me. However, as I’ve aged, I’ve started… Continue reading

Haul of Fame

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New books! Well, – new to me. Seriously, what beats trawling through the rich pickings of a secondhand book shop soon after fresh donations have hit the shelves? Nothing! Here are my latest… Continue reading

Burn, Baby, Burn, like a Dystopian Inferno!

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Reading Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ in 2015 is like checking the timetable of a ship that’s long since sailed. If the seeds of style superceding substance, and being well-liked carrying more… Continue reading

Easy ways to manage book addiction with home furnishings!

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Do you love books? Are you unable to walk past a secondhand bookshop without going in? Ever find yourself smuggling books into your home in secret? Come on in, you’re with friends! I’m… Continue reading

The one in which Thomas Hardy sets fire to a cat

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I’m currently reading ‘Tess of The D’Urbervilles’ and it is the most infuriating novel imaginable. I keep having to take breathers and feverishly pace the room to dissipate my frustration at both the… Continue reading

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

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Alain-Fournier’s masterpiece, ‘Le Grand Meaulnes‘, is a lyrical, melancholic ‘coming of age’ novel, which explores the crossing of the Rubicon between childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood. Like J.D Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye‘,… Continue reading

How to do a 2015 book challenge without reading? (You have to be very crafty!)

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Maybe it’s just me, but 2015 seems to be the year of the book challenge. I love setting targets for the year, and I’ve seen some really creative and fun reading ones out… Continue reading

Cheating with the Greeks.

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Ok, I’ll ‘fess up, while I may be earnestly hacking at the rockface of Proust, I picked Sophocles’ ‘The Theban Plays’ to write about because I studied them at school. From the very… Continue reading

Hand in Glove

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After wringing out my sodden handkerchief and shocking my face back to its usual size and colour with a good splash of icy water, I vowed to buy a copy of Turgenev’s ‘On… Continue reading