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Winstons books Sheffield and Chesterfield

Well I did review yesterday The boy who stole Attila’s horse which was one of three books I brought earlier this week from Sheffield as I have been off this week and we both had monday off we went for the day and as there waterstones has a slightly better selection of translated books I always love a look round. 265 more words


The Widow by Georges Simenon (tr. John Petrie)

Back in April 2015 I read Simenon’s Three Bedrooms in Manhattan, a fictionalised account of the author’s impassioned love affair with Denise Ouimet, a woman he met in Manhattan in 1945. 1,404 more words

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Our Spoons Came From Woolworths by Barbara Comyns

‘Our Spoons Came from Woolworths’ is the story of twenty-one year old Sophia, during the time when she was married to Charles Fairclough. The story is in its entirety, a first person narrative and tells of the harrowing poverty, the ups and downs of the young couple, in a time during which Charles refuses to take any financial responsibility for his household, using his need to practice his art as an excuse to shirk his duties. 652 more words

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Review of Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village

Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village by Ronald Blythe with an introduction by Matt Weiland. Paperback sized 5 x 8 inches with 384 pages. Published by NYRB Classics in September 2015.  183 more words

DNF (Did Not Finish)

I'll Come Back Once You're Dead (Henri Duchemin and His Shadows by Emmanual Bove, trans. Alyson Waters)

Emmanuel Bove’s brooding and spare 1928 story collection, Henri Duchemin and His Shadows (NYRB Classics, 2015) is populated by vulnerable, desperate, lonely men who, seeking purpose, pleasure and, above all, connection—with others and, though not always fully aware of it, with themselves—in dark, damp, empty city streets, manage only to isolate themselves further, to cut themselves off from what few and tenuous connections they have managed to gain. 138 more words

Three-Sentence Reviews

So Fearsome a Blue; or, From Grandmother's House We Go (Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter, trans. Elizabeth Mayer and Marianne Moore)

Nothing against baby Jesus—I’m a major fan, actually, of the not-necessarily divine version—but, look, sit me down on Christmas Eve with my daughter in my lap, hold out the Gospel of Luke in one hand, Adalbert Stifter’s  238 more words

Three-Sentence Reviews

One From the Archive: 'Cassandra at the Wedding' by Dorothy Baker *****

First published in April 2014.

I received the gorgeous NYRB edition of Cassandra at the Wedding (pictured) for Christmas, and from what I already knew of the book, I was almost certain that I would adore it before I even began it.  520 more words