Category Archives: Books on the Big Screen

“Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides (2003) & “The Danish Girl” by David Ebershoff (2000) – nature versus nurture

Fictional Cal/Calliope was “born twice: first as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August 1974”. Lily Elbe was … 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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“Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont” by Elizabeth Taylor (1971) – book review

More of the dubious joys of growing older, and not necessarily disgracefully so. This time it’s the genteel daily grind of mannish yet magnificently assured and unruffled Mrs P.  Recently widowed, and decidedly distant from daughter Jane, who is “noisy … Continue reading

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“Revolutionary Road” by Richard Yates (1961) – book review

This is one of my best-loved books of recent years, up there with “Stoner” and “Crossing to Safety“. It’s a masterpiece. I defy you not to follow April and Frank’s travails through suburbia and their attempts to survive in a … Continue reading

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“Marnie” by Winston Graham (1961) – book review

Outrage!! Hitchcock did it again!! The film of “Marnie” is one I watched many many moons ago and which we recently revisited here at home, so the amnesia had not had time to set in when I grabbed the book … Continue reading

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“White Teeth” by Zadie Smith (1999) – book review

I’d give my absolute eyeteeth to have a cup of tea with Zadie Smith. The critics’ comments splashed all round the cover of this national bestseller give a hint of what’s to come (good news, seeing as just occasionally the reviews … Continue reading

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“We Need to Talk about Kevin” by Lionel Shriver (2003) – book review

Read a good while back, and subsequently watched the film starring Tilda Swinton, but now revisiting it in the light of it being the Orange / Baileys’s book of the year for 2005, and to urge anyone who knows not the plot to … Continue reading

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“Case Histories” (2004), “One Good Turn (2006), “When Will There Be Good News?” (2008), “Started Early, Took My Dog” (2010) by Kate Atkinson – book reviews

             Am picturing an ideal long weekend away from it all: plenty of Prosecco on tap, nearest and dearest in but also out of the picture/room (ideally providing something comforting like shepherd’s pie periodically), the rain … Continue reading

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“Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov (1955) – book review

Lo-lo-Lolita, eureka. Couldn’t believe it when got to the Tick That Box on this one. Must have picked it up and put it down half a dozen times in as many years. Dare I confess, it was borrowing and watching … Continue reading

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“Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1985) – book review

Found my review of this from way back when. ‘Stunning. Like tumbling into a bath of soapy suds or one of rose petals. Utterly magnificent. What a spellbinding web he weaves’. Hark at me! Was clearly in full romantic mode … Continue reading

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