There are good artists who have children. They are called men – Tracey Emin

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When Tracey said this, she did go on to say there were exceptions, but there is some truth in it. Amy Jenkins discusses her own experiences of motherhood in this article about Stevie… Continue reading

We hate it when our friends are successful

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I feel sorry for Brutus. OK, so maybe he did conspire against and murder his friend Caesar, paint his arms right up to his elbows in Caesar’s blood,  before sashaying into town, his… Continue reading

Unnecessary arithmetic of Leopold Bloom

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I am not a snowflake. No one is. Heinz varieties, more like. Reading Ulysses, I find I share an awful lot of thoughts with Leopold Bloom, and that chiming recognition in all art… Continue reading

Are Audio-books cheating?

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Last week, Lucy messaged me about audio-books. Would it be cheating to use the hours of weekly drive-time to listen to some books for this blog? It’s a question I’ve often wondered myself,… Continue reading

Clarissa : The history of a young lady, or, The bumper book of pissed-off letters.

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I am 250 pages into Clarissa, the third longest novel ever, so about one sixth done. With no spoilers, mainly as I haven’t got to any yet, Clarissa is the classic tale of… Continue reading

The End of an Era

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Sadly today will be the last day of trading for the West Pier Market on Brighton beach. My friend Pete has run a bookstall there for 20 years. He posted up this Penguin… Continue reading

Waugh! Huh! Good god ya’ll!

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As Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Scoop’ is on the 100 Greatest Novels, I had to buy it. I found this set of six Penguins from the 60’s for ten pounds on eBay, and on top… Continue reading

Laugh along with the common people….

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Not content with torturing heroines and inflicting all manner of doom upon the good folk of Wessex, Thomas Hardy is back on the naughty step again. This time, it’s for his monumental condescension… Continue reading

Yeah, well, it’s not the craziest of things to do.

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  I know it looks a bit nuts, but I like to copy out books. And I’m not the only one, Stephen Fry once said he has typed out a P.G Wodehouse novel.… Continue reading

Quick, Hide the Matches – it’s Nikolai Gogol’s Birthday!

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I stumbled across Nikolai Gogol’s work after reading ‘The Namesake‘ by Jhumpa Lahiri. I’d never heard of this Russian author whom the novel’s protagonist Gogol Ganguli had been named after. Intrigued, I sought… Continue reading