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Not alone now...?

Letters dropped in at doors of deserted houses do not fly or walk to tables in halls. They do not sit on the dust of empty tables with the air of certainty that they will be found. 71 more words


To the North - Elizabeth Bowen (1932)

The task of writing about Elizabeth Bowen’s remarkable 1932 novel is one I find really very daunting. Bowen’s exquisite prose, delicate subtlety, extraordinary sense of place and complex interplay between characters requires slow and thoughtful reading, but it is effort which is then richly rewarded. 962 more words

Da Roma Con Amore

I began to attach myself by so much looking.  Here I was, centred.

Knowledge of Rome must be physical, sweated into the system, worked up into the brain through thinning shoe leather.   40 more words


Women's Wit & Wisdom ~ March 24th

“Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk.”

~ Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), Anglo-Irish Novelist


#226 The House in Paris

Blindly adhering to one (very long) list of books does guarantee something from every book I read: not necessarily a guarantee that the book will be good or that I will enjoy it, sometimes simply that it’s well regarded, that it might be useful to relate to future reads or that (if the opportunity should ever arise) I could mention it in a conservation to good effect. 623 more words

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Eva Trout: a Woman in Need of a Friend

For this month’s Something Rhymed activity, Emma Claire and I decided to each read something by one of our current profiled authors: Eva Trout… 734 more words

L.M. Montgomery

On THE HEAT OF THE DAY by Elizabeth Bowen, and Other Matters

Current reading is THE HEAT OF THE DAY, by Elizabeth Bowen,

a story set in World War 2 London. This line arrested me:

She was lucky … in being left with Chilcombe Street: few wives of men called up remained placed as they were before. 1,100 more words