*129* poetry on Saturday

Breaking all my rules here, which is always a liberating thing to do, and writing about poetry on a Saturday… The Cheltenham Festival of Literature is still on and today I attended a poetry event: Anthony Anaxagorou… absolutely brilliant. There is a really good article about his latest collection ‘After the Formalities’ here. He read […]

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*125* Tombland by CJ Sansom

History. I love history. I cannot believe it when people say it’s boring or useless or ‘they hate it’… to me that stinks of bad teaching, not bad subject… I mean, how can you not be interested in ‘stories’? in people? in what happened to people? that’s what’s history is all about after all… Currently […]

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*122* The Testaments (Margaret Atwood) – contains spoilers

Never mind I have four other books patiently waiting for me to talk about them… let me be topical and up to date for once. I pre-ordered this book months ago but had totally forgotten about it… I’m always wary of ‘follow-ups’ and let’s face it how can you improve on the chilling perfection that […]

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*121* what I read on holiday

Books, books, let’s talk about books again because it’s been a while and I have lots of them to share with you lovely people. Assuming there’s someone out there.. So, three books in just over two weeks isn’t bad going, but let’s face it, there were two long flights, lots of train journeys and a […]

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*109* Inspector Montalbano

For years one of my favourite traditions when going back to Italy to see the family was buying a book in the ‘Inspector Montalbano’ series. In Italy they’re published in a gorgeous edition, with blue covers and fabulous creamy paper. They’re small edition, easily held in one hand, absolutely perfect to slip in your pocket, […]

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*106* I am I am I am

I am I am I am by Maggie O’Farrell. Second holiday read and one of the best books I read this year. Original, beautifully written, moving, scary, terrifying, profound, clever, heartbreaking… I could go on and on… just read it will you? I’m not big into autobiography… but this book is a memoir with a […]

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*100* The Longest Memory/The Lonely Londoners

The longest memory by Fred D’Aguiar The lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon I’ve been trying to write this post for the past three days but real life is taking over and time seems to just disappear. Our family will be wildly scattered around the globe in the next week, the house needs to be sorted […]

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*96* The silence of the girls

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker Who doesn’t love Greek myths and stories? who doesn’t love the Iliad?… I do… it’s my favourite… in Italy it’s a huge part of the curriculum together with the Odyssey and the Aeneid… I studied it, read it, translated part of it, wrote essays and had exams… […]

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*92* machines like me

Machines like me, by Ian McEwan. Ok, this is a good one. I have a love-hate relationship with McEwan’s books, I’ve said this before. I think he’s astonishingly, fiendishly clever, smart, intelligent… call him what you wish… BUT I struggle to warm to his characters… I never bond with them, or actually ‘like’ them for […]

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