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Books that really change your life

A few weeks ago I read this anonymous letter to JK Rowling, written by someone who wanted to tell the author that, as a child, the Harry Potter books were the only thing that gave him a sense of home. 949 more words


Review of Descent into Hell (1937) by Charles Williams

Review by Mary G

Thecla W pointed me to the comment on the dust jacket as she lent me her copy of Descent into Hell… 786 more words

Book Reviews

What I Read in April 2015

Karen Joy Fowler, The Sweetheart Season. I very much enjoyed this entertaining account of the girls from the cereal test kitchen and their season on out-of-any-league girls’ baseball. 491 more words

Blu-ray Review: The River

directed by Jean Renoir, 1951

The iconography most commonly associated with Jean Renoir’s The River (1951) can be linked, in most cases, not only to the film’s startling use of color, location, and exotic capability, but also to the immense difficulty of its production in the late forties. 78 more words


Rumer Godden's Cromartie vs the God Shiva

Rumer Godden’s Cromartie vs the God Shiva is a miniature classic with an over-long title.  It is Godden’s last novel, written at age 89.

Based on a court case resolved in 1994 about a stolen 12th-century bronze statue of the god Shiva that turned up at the British Museum, it explores the issue of whether museums and dealers have a right to art treasures. 581 more words

Rumer Godden's The Lady and the Unicorn

Virago has reissued several of Rumer Godden’s books, and recently reissued her lyrical second novel, The Lady and the Unicorn. Have you ever heard of this book?  736 more words

'The Lady and The Unicorn' by Rumer Godden ****

Rumer Godden’s The Lady and The Unicorn, which was first published in 1937, is the 630th entry upon the Virago Modern Classics list.  As with… 760 more words