Byronic vs Bionic

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It’s Byron’s birthday! He’s 227! I’m quite fond of Byron, I used to live very near to his house at Newstead. I used to wander around the abbey a lot, looking at his… 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

All the single (fictional Russian) ladies! Put your hands up! Oh, oh, oh…

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More than once I’ve thought it very unfair, that I after sixteen years together I discovered I’d married a cheating dead-beat, and it all went down the toilet. And while my relationships since… 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

Run! It’s the ghost of Anne Brontë!

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As if one typo in a grave is bad enough, imagine five. FIVE! When Charlotte Brontë went to see her sister’s grave in St Mary’s churchyard, Scarborough, she ordered it to be refaced,… Continue reading

Zola. If anyone knew how to combine lust and public transport, it was him.

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La Bête Humaine is a very readable classic. It has an actual plot and everything. Adultery and murder ahoy! It also has a lot to do with trains, their engineering, maintaining, driving, and… 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

Who fancies a trip to hell? – Yes, of course we can stop for snacks.

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At the beginning of Dante’s ‘Inferno’, Dante finds himself in a bleak wood, where he feels lost, alone, and he meets some quite frankly unhelpful animals. And we all know, animals in 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