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From the Mists of Time: When Marnie was There by Joan Robinson

I’ve been looking out for a book called When Marnie was There for many many years. I read it as a child and remember being simultaneously frightened and delighted by its strangeness. It featured a lonely little girl and a … Continue reading

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My Real Children by Jo Walton

I gulped down My Real Children down this afternoon, unwilling to stop reading and yet very reluctant to find out how it would end. And I was right to be both enthralled and wary because I’m traumatised. I’m not quite … Continue reading

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Literary Insults

Who writes the best insults? It’s not easy to come up with something witty and cutting at the same time. Shakespeare is a master. P G Wodehouse is brilliant as well. The Guardian put up a list of choice literary … Continue reading

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On Mary Stewart the Fantasy Writer

Mary Stewart was a writer of many parts. I remembered her for her children’s books and her romantic/thriller/gothic novels. But Jo Walton, with her usual trick of coming up on topics slantwise (a skill I admire greatly), discusses her as … Continue reading

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Remembering Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart died last week and The Guardian published their obituary and an article in remembrance today. I knew nothing about Mary Stewart’s life until I read the newspaper articles today – didn’t know when she was born, didn’t even … Continue reading

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So Many Books, So Little Time

I wrote a post not so long ago lamenting the reading slump I’d fallen into. And another one about all the books I wasn’t reading because they haven’t been released yet. But now, I’m drowning in books. I have 10 … Continue reading

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A Heroine No One Could Love

There’s a very good article in The Guardian today about literary heroines who get less notice than their showier counterparts. It leads with a thoughtful and convincing piece about Fanny Price, the heroine of Sense and Sensibility. Sense and Sensibility … Continue reading

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