Category Archives: Books

Book Review: Patrick Gale’s Notes from an Exhibition

Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a novel about the death of an artist that allows an exploration of her family, with key themes of manic depression, the Quaker religion, artistic … Continue reading

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Book Review (of sorts): Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel My rating: 4 of 5 stars I understand the fuss, and also the frustration. The writing in this book is simply beautiful, and the portrait of Cromwell, and his negotiations, machinations and dealings, is complex … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michel Houllebecq’s The Elementary Particles

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq My rating: 2 of 5 stars When in France… Well, I’d heard about Houellebecq for years but never picked up anything until ‘The Elementary Particles’, much celebrated and much discussed, though I stayed away … Continue reading

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2014 in lists (art, books, entertainment, shows)

Aha. New organisational system for 2014… Rather than continue to add to the same big posts of shows and concerts I’ve EVER seen, I’ve organised the old lists into separate archival posts either by the year, or before that… And … Continue reading

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Book Review: Berndt Sellheim’s Beyond the Frame’s Edge

Beyond the Frame’s Edge by Berndt Sellheim My rating: 4 of 5 stars I think what’s interesting about a first novel is how you are introduced to a clear set of the author’s concerns. It is perhaps the book they … Continue reading

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Book Review: Galeano’s Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone

Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Hughes Galeano My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read Eduardo Galeano’s Memory of Fire trilogy when I was in my late teens. I wore it with pride, as it seemed to represent … Continue reading

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Books I read in 2012

March already, and I never posted this up… Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table (Fiction) – My god, did I love this. What a great start to the year for reading. Tara Moss’s Split (Crime/Thriller) David Musgrave’s Phantom Limb (Poetry) Barbara … Continue reading

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Books I’ve Read: 2010 and before

I first kept this list on my webpage, but then figured that it would be easier to edit (and access) on my blog. So, I started this list on 7 July 2008 (my 39th birthday), and try to keep it … Continue reading

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Books I read in 2011

With a comment or two, if I felt so inclined. Mary Oliver’s New and Selected Poems Volume 2 (Poetry) – some gems, and better in small doses, I was surprised that I wasn’t taken by the work of this celebrated … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Visual Library, hello Goodreads?

Through facebook I discovered the application ‘Visual Library’ and I really did like it. You typed in a book name, and it showed up on your screen where you could not only click that you’ve read it, or owned it, … Continue reading

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