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Conversations about Eleanor Marx: Rachel Holmes

Rachel Holmes’s (@TussyMarx) biographies are The Secret Life of Dr James Barry, The Hottentot Venus: The Life of Saartjie Baartmann, and Eleanor Marx: A Life. 4,734 more words


The Ponder Heart – Eudora Welty

A big Happy 40th Birthday to Virago today! I wonder if Carmen Callil knew forty years ago Virago books would be being read by all walks of life all around the world? 980 more words


Roth / Art / Ideology

Philip Roth turned eighty this year.  He is often lauded as one of the great living English language writers, but his novels continue to generate a sort of controversy.   789 more words

Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

They say love is blind. And when that love is young love, well, the stakes are raised higher still. It’s tempting to summarise the plot of Henry Handel Richardson’s 1908 debut Maurice Guest thus: A loves B; B loves C; C loves D; D loves E; F loves E too; but E loves A. 1,778 more words

Australian Authors

Don’t sink below the Whipple Line: Virago would not publish Dorothy Whipple, Persephone did

Wouldn’t we like to be Nicola Beauman, founder of Persephone Books? Wouldn’t we like to be the person that others must please, the person with the power to say ‘No’ ? 405 more words


Stop What You’re Doing and Read This!

A few weeks ago I got very excited about the arrival of some books about books. The one I decided to read on and off first was ‘ 1,293 more words


Stop What You're Doing And Read This!

A collection of ten essays, this little book is a fabulous read for those of us who do not merely enjoy reading for our own pleasure but are also fascinated by how it affects us.   401 more words