Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Man Booker Prize 2015 Longlist has been announced!

The race is on: the international Prize’s Baker’s Dozen of contenders has been whittled down from its original list of 156 to just 13 titles. The shortlist will be mid September, with the grand finale winner divulged a month later. … Continue reading

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“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller (2011) – tales of the unexpected

To say this is not the Iliad we all vaguely know and love is a slight understatement. The Trojans are indeed waging war in the background, and we are faintly aware that Penelope must be by now weaving furiously at … Continue reading

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Literary Trail III – books based in and on the Big Apple

Simone de Beauvoir is apparently often quoted for maintaining that “There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless“, while Groucho Marx infamously declared that “Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book – … Continue reading

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Literary Trail II : or “10 reasons to want to instantly decamp to New York”…

 10 reasons – there could be a hundred…. 1: The Strand Bookstore – 828 Broadway, on the corner of 12th. Arguably the biggest bookshop in the world, and certainly one of the best have ever set foot into, The Strand … Continue reading

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Literary Trail I – New York: Helen Mirren, “The Lady/Woman in Gold” & “The Audience”

Miracles never cease. If D hadn’t pulled off an amazing one-time-only week of work placement in New York, and if N hadn’t mentioned the idea of going to the cinema there and seeing “The Woman in Gold” before it came … Continue reading

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“The Undertaking” by Audrey Magee (2014) – book review

Every now and then a book comes along that gets under your skin and literally knocks you off your size sixes. “The Undertaking” is such a novel, and it is going to stay with me for a very long time. … Continue reading

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Book Group III – the Global Nomads

The “Global Nomads” have been meeting to discuss books from all over the world since 2010. Many thanks to Julie for letting me have this varied list to add to the growing collection of books read and still to be read, … Continue reading

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