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‘On Beauty’ by Zadie Smith

On second reading, Zadie Smith’s acerbic third novel, On Beauty, fails to make any real emotional impact.

Essentially the story of two feuding families in the rarefied atmosphere of academia and a (fictional) New England university just outside Boston, … 818 more words


Cheers To... March 2017

March Madness is now well and truly done (which means we’re 1/4 of the way through 2017, how did that even happen?), so I’m recapping the month that was… 396 more words


The Aesthetics of Simplicity

Picture yourself a Japanese tea room.

There are windows and a sliding door made of Japanese paper. It has a wooden mat floor called Tatami that provides warm shades. 409 more words

On Simplicity

On Beauty - Zadie Smith

This is the first Zadie Smith book that I have read, as although I saw and loved the TV adaptation of ‘White Teeth’, I have never read it, so when I saw this book in the charity shop for 50p, I had to buy it. 247 more words


#302 On Beauty

I’ve been seriously amiss with reading recently – as illustrated by the lack of posts. Initially I thought I just needed a mental break after my last lot of exams, but that was almost three months ago now and I’m still not really inspired to pick up a book.  328 more words

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

A Few Good Things

It’s getting so I’m afraid to hear the morning news. Is it me or was January 2017 particularly grim? But it’s the first day of a shiny new month. 184 more words

Write Write Write

Stories in Stone

I love to poke around old graveyards.  Partly because they’re often located in beautiful places, but mostly because they’re full of stories. Real-life stories short enough on details to give my imagination a work-out. 449 more words