Monthly Archives: December 2015

Wish List 2016: New Year’s Resolutions, plus The BBC’s 100 Greatest British Novels

Well, it wouldn’t feel right to end the year without a nosy at what everyone is deeming the best reads of the year. The New York Times includes Elena Ferrante’s twin protagonists and Helen Macdonald’s in its 10 Best Books of … Continue reading

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Clichés abound : “the first step in a thousand miles” …

My favourite person of the female sex (never let it be said that am not keeping up with the world in terms of political correctness) will be turning 18 next September. Over recent months she has started tackling some of … Continue reading

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“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett (2009) – a whole new take on ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’

It’s taken me all this time to watch the film of the book I enjoyed reading so much the year it was published, with its Stepford Wives’ flavour and heady swipe at the treatment of the hired help in Jackson, … Continue reading

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Classics Club Challenge – taking a gamble

This is rather like Russian roulette with none of the blood and guts. While for some all this avid list-compiling would no doubt be like having teeth pulled, it is of course totally up my persnickety compulsive alley. Having embarked upon … Continue reading

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Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction Best of the Decade OR “What a blinkin’ performance!”

It took an imminently expiring passport (you know that sinking “how did you let this happen” feeling?) and a belligerent bloke at the British Consulate here in Paree – “Désolé, Madame, mais le système a changé…” – to force a welcome … Continue reading

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