We should start seeing other people

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That’s what polyreading feels like to me. It’s like cheating. And mental illness – all of those voices in your head, all at once. All of them. When I read Lucy’s recent post about… Continue reading

Nicholas Nickleby (and my cat)

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I read Nicholas Nickleby when I was about sixteen, and so to launch my Dickens Challenge, thought I’d start off by running through it again. I’m glad I did, as I had it… Continue reading

Why is Victor Hugo in his birthday suit without a stitch to wear?

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Today is Victor Hugo’s birthday – Bon anniversaire, Victor! As I’ve just read the magnificent ‘Les Miserables’, I couldn’t let his birthday go by without a little celebratory knitting. ‘Les Miserables’ is a… Continue reading

Puffins are not baby penguins.

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When I was a little girl I was a member of the Puffin Club, which was the children’s division of Penguin publishing, so for a little while there, I thought a puffin was… Continue reading

If I could turn back time, or… Why I wish I could go back to Leigh Delamere Motorway Services and introduce Sue Perkins to Virginia Woolf.

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On Saturday, I travelled back to Wales with my family after a week’s worth of fun and sunshine in Cyprus. After landing in Stansted, the silent one did the first driving stint, and… Continue reading

I don’t want to know.

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There are some things we have to know, like about hundreds of girls being kidnapped, the damage the production of palm oil causes, and of course, climate change. But there are a whole… Continue reading

Yes, of course my Dickens challenge requires accessories!

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Since I decided to follow Lucy’s lead and do the Dickens challenge, I wondered if I could mark it in some special way. I’m a bit of a sucker for accessories and accoutrements.… Continue reading

I’ve Started So I’ll Finish, Dammit.

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I always finish books. It’s a rule. Even if I hate it, and have to read just a page or two a day whilst starting more books on the side, I will get… Continue reading

Frocks, Locks and the School of Hard Knocks: the Irresistible Magnetism of Maudlin Maidens to Every Teenage Girl, Ever.

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When you return to a novel later in life something interesting happens. You retrace your steps through familiar landscapes and re-acquaint yourself with characters like old friends. More poignantly, you come face to… Continue reading

‘You’re lucky. I don’t have time to read books.’

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Yeah, and you’re lucky I don’t take your off-hand remark and turn it into a whole bitchy blog post. Oops, sorry, too late. What is it with people thinking they are too busy… Continue reading