Feminism, football and festivals.

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So far, my #20 Books of Summer progress has being thwarted from all sides. First it was Wimbledon. Then, missing Clare Balding’s daily tennis updates, I tuned in on Tuesday night to watch… Continue reading

*Required* to buy books

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Required. Required to purchase books. Get in! That’s up there with being required to purchase Jammie Dodgers. The thing about embalming is it’s not on the list of qualifications that a student loan… Continue reading

The Talented Patricia Highsmith #20 Books of Summer

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Due to my recent trip to Italy, a number of titles in my #20 books of Summer list are connected to Italy in some way. The Talented Mr Ripley is no exception, set mainly… Continue reading

Today will be different

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This isn’t the type of book I’m usually drawn to, but as the library allows us to live dangerously with no financial risk, I gave it a go, and am glad I did.… Continue reading

Playing the Fool in Lake Como with ‘Madame Solario’ #20BooksofSummer

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After reading Heavenali’s glowing review of Madame Solario (1956) by Gladys Huntington recently, I knew I would have to use another of my ‘jokers’ (I’m currently suffering a self-imposed, year-long, book-buying ban, but have a… Continue reading

Camping out with Goethe and Luther

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I love an impromptu weekend at a £12-a-night campsite in the Highlands, but I don’t love the obligatory two hours of mother-daughter bickering punctuated by cries of ‘Not that left, the other left!’… Continue reading

‘Swing Time’ by Zadie Smith – #20 Books of Summer

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My experience of Zadie Smith’s writing has been extreme. When the world went crazy for her debut, White Teeth (2000), I just didn’t feel the love, but I was persuaded to give Smith another… Continue reading

If only I could hang wallpaper…

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So, I was in the library and I saw a book with a flapper on the front, standing in a room with greeny-blue wallpaper with a bird detail that I would like for… Continue reading

‘Under the Udala Trees’ Chinelo Okparanta – #20 Books of Summer

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I might only be two books into my #20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge (hosted by Cathy at 746 Books), but I’m currently playing catch up on a week’s holiday in Italy and… Continue reading

Reading Round-up (alfresco edition)

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It’s been an odd week, the awfulness of the news occasionally escaped with big doses of nostalgia and, well,  escapism. I’ve been redecorating, and just giving in and going with my previously-restrained urge… Continue reading