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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

The Light, The Stick and The Kitchen Table

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From the very first page of ‘To The Lighthouse’, it’s clear that the Ramseys have mastered the good cop/bad cop parental double act – the dysfunctional strategy of choice for many families. Like… Continue reading

Why Proust?

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I’m not sure when I made the decision to tackle Proust, but, I resolved many years ago that if I did nothing else with my life, I would at least attempt to be… Continue reading