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SHEDNOTES 144: More of As Others See Us

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Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage is latest in a long line of travellers to explore the West Country and report back to the nation. 836 more words

Notes From The Shed

A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry: A Review from Bali 

This is a book that tugs at every emotion – ruthlessly and beautifully.

A Fine Balance is set in India in 1975 and centres around the interlocking lives of widowed Dina Dalal who is determined to live independently, two Hindu tailors, Ishvar and Om who Dina employs to help pay her rent, and her paying boarder Maneck whose parents send him to study to give him opportunities outside of the family business in the mountains. 253 more words


The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro

First Sentence:     You would have searched a long time for the sort of winding lane or tranquil meadow for which England later became celebrated. 109 more words


Guest Post: Five Things I Never Knew About C19th Circuses (until writing The Girl Who Walked On Air) by Emma Carroll

Today I’m joined by Emma Carroll for a circus-themed post relating to her beautiful book, THE GIRL WHO WALKED ON AIR! The novel released from Faber & Faber last year and today Emma is sharing five things she learned from researching TGWWOA. 374 more words

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Review: Sparse prose, clever plot and subtle lyricism combine to make I Saw A Man by Owen Sheers a classy novel

It is not surprising to discover that Owen Sheers, author of the newly-released I Saw A Man, is also a poet and a playwright. Evidence of those skills are apparent throughout this ingenious and captivating novel where three men are inextricably woven together by a series of tragic events, each culpable in their own way, each also a victim of those events. 368 more words


Favourites on a Friday: Strangers by Taichi Yamada

If you’re ever in the mood for satisfying, thought-provoking literary fiction but don’t fancy wading through something that could double as a doorstop, look no further: … 288 more words

Favourites On A Friday

STALLO by Stefan Spjut


Stefan Spjut

Translated by Susan Beard

Faber & Faber (www.faber.co.uk)


In the summer of 1978 young Marcus Brodin disappears from the cabin he is sharing with his mother in the remote woods of central Sweden. 989 more words