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The Heat of the Day - Elizabeth Bowen

You would expect a novel set in London during the Blitz and the throes of the Second World War to be precisely about just that, the Blitz and the horror of the war years. 500 more words

“The pollen count, now that's a difficult job. Especially if you've got hay fever.” (Milton Jones)

Normally I celebrate the end of June thusly:

Unfortunately due to the weird summer we’re having (unseasonably hot/unseasonably cold on repeat) the scourge of my life, the devil’s seed, aka grass pollen, is still in abundance and I am refusing to go anywhere that isn’t made of concrete/steel/brick, or some combination thereof. 877 more words


Commonplace Book (June 18th, 2017)

“Big drops hung on the bushes and just did not fall; the silvery, fluffy toi-toi was limp on its long stalks, and all the marigolds and the pinks in the bungalow gardens were bowed to the earth with wetness. 279 more words

Commonplace Book

Reading Short Stories

I love short stories. I always have, so I don’t understand why collections are deemed not to sell well. I buy them.

Short stories are glimpses into worlds. 306 more words


#100WomenNovelists of the 20th Century: Elizabeth Bowen

Blog Post 8: The Heat of the Day (1948)

That Sunday, from six o’clock in the evening, it was a Viennese orchestra that played. The season was late for an outdoor concert; already leaves were drifting on to the grass stage – here and there one turned over, crepitating as though in the act of dying, and during the music some more fell.

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100 Women Novelists Of The 20th Century


Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen was born on Wednesday, June 7th, 1899 and died on Thursday, February 22nd, 1973 at the age of 73.


The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

Bowen writes of orphaned Portia who goes to live in London with her stepbrother and his wife. Both are wealthy and emotionally unavailable. Portia sets her sights on Eddie, a rough-around-the-edges player who manages to dazzle her because of her youth. 45 more words