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Unborn babies & murder conspiracies

What better book to end my reading challenge with?

I’ve been waiting forever to read this book, from the moment I read its opening lines. Devastatingly well-written, it is indubitably the work of a genius. 76 more words

Book Review

Review: Amsterdam

On a chilly February day, two old friends meet in the throng outside a London crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly’s lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence: Clive is Britain’s most successful modern composer, and Vernon is editor of the newspaper The Judge. 851 more words


What I've Been Reading At University

For those who don’t know both myself and Eleanor are now in our first year of University, Eleanor is studying Midwifery at the University of West England and I’m studying English Literature at Chester. 344 more words

The Time and Place Book Tag

The Time and Place Book Tag was created by Jen Campbell more than a year ago. I decided to do it, rather belatedly, after considering the possibility of giving away my three horrible Jane Austen’s Wordsworth Classics editions, but deciding to keep them because I associate two of them to a specific time and place in my life. 988 more words

Other Bookish Content


I stay awake, I listen, I learn.  Early this morning, less than an hour before dawn, there was heavier matter than usual.  Through my mother’s bones I encountered a bad dream in the guise of a formal lecture.  535 more words



The Short Version: Trudy has separated from John, her poet husband, and shacked up with his brother, Claude. As the two plot John’s murder, there is an additional witness: John & Trudy’s baby, who approaches his nine-month-terminus and relates to us this most unfortunate story of woe… 1,101 more words


Review: 'Nutshell'

The anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, which has been marked ad infinitum this year, has been the inspiration for a vast array of modern cultural works which unpick and reimagine the Bard’s output. 1,108 more words