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Mistress of Honour: War in Peace – Daily battles won and lost

I read this one over a lazy Sunday, not knowing that in store was 15 years of time travel – Blue star to Kargil and many battles in between that have been fought for ideologies, power, honour and most of all survival. 516 more words

Bhaavna Arora

Work like an artist

Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Correspondent, has interviewed countless artists. The role call of inspiration for his new book includes such influences as Ai Weiwei, David Hockney and Bridget Riley. 1,099 more words

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Anna Karenina

“Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy
(First publication: 1877 / This edition: Penguin Classics 2013)
Taken with french-pressed coffee and flowers Mom got for me :)
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Patrick McGrath- Writing Asylum

Patrick McGrath explains the story behind writing his 1996 novel Asylum, ahead of its reissue this August. 

The novel Asylum was conceived in the spring of 1994. 1,690 more words

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Vintage Finds at the Newberry Library Book Fair

A major highlight of summer for me is the Newberry Library Book Fair. I went a leeeeeetle crazy this year (well, every year) and ended up with a couple of armloads of books.  365 more words

Vintage Sewing Pattern

Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) Roundup!

Last weekend, I joined the crowd of teenagers, publicists, Disney Princesses and various super heroes that swarmed towards Olympia, London. Held alongside the London Film and Comic Convention, the second annual  455 more words


Book Review: Jaya, by Devdutt Pattanaik

When it comes to the Mahabharata, any retelling by a new author comes with the initial expectation of matching the magic the original epic from Indian mythology creates. 347 more words