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“I have gone to pieces, which is a thing I’ve wanted to do for years”: ‘Two Serious Ladies’ by Jane Bowles

For Truman Capote Two Serious Ladies was a novel “unlike any other” as the eccentric and adventurous Miss Goering meets the anxious, but equally innovative Mrs. Copperfield at a party. Mysterious, anarchic and humorous, Two Serious Ladies is a daring,

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“I have gone to pieces, which is a thing I’ve wanted to do for years”: ‘Two Serious Ladies’ by Jane Bowles

For Truman Capote Two Serious Ladies was a novel “unlike any other” as the eccentric and adventurous Miss Goering meets the anxious, but equally innovative Mrs. Copperfield at a party. Mysterious, anarchic and humorous, Two Serious Ladies is a daring,

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“And I’m very much afraid of the whole bloody human race”: ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ by Jean Rhys

Sasha Jensen has returned to Paris – the city of her happiest moments, but also of her most desperate and traumatic. She is haunted by the past that predatorily lies in wait for her in the cafes, restaurants and hotel

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“And I’m very much afraid of the whole bloody human race”: ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ by Jean Rhys

Sasha Jensen has returned to Paris – the city of her happiest moments, but also of her most desperate and traumatic. She is haunted by the past that predatorily lies in wait for her in the cafes, restaurants and hotel

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“The Heart Shuts”: ‘Contusion’ by Sylvia Plath

“Colour floods to the spot, dull purple. The rest of the body is all washed out, The colour of pearl. In a pit of rock The sea sucks obsessively, One hollow the whole sea’s pivot. The size of a fly,

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“The Heart Shuts”: ‘Contusion’ by Sylvia Plath

“Colour floods to the spot, dull purple. The rest of the body is all washed out, The colour of pearl. In a pit of rock The sea sucks obsessively, One hollow the whole sea’s pivot. The size of a fly,

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The greatest love story ever told?: My Top Five Fictional Romances

Valentine’s Day, with its over-commercialised and unsentimental sentiments, is a day that I usually allow to pass unmarked and uncelebrated and I am going to continue with this tradition by ignoring my own non-existent love life and delve into the

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The greatest love story ever told?: My Top Five Fictional Romances

Valentine’s Day, with its over-commercialised and unsentimental sentiments, is a day that I usually allow to pass unmarked and uncelebrated and I am going to continue with this tradition by ignoring my own non-existent love life and delve into the

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“It’s always when a thing sounds not true that it is true”: ‘Nights at the Circus’ by Angela Carter

Is Sophie Fevvers part swan, or entirely fake? That is the only question on the untouched lips of Jack Walser; but it is a question that the young journalist is dissatisfied to leave unanswered as he embarks upon a viciously

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“It’s always when a thing sounds not true that it is true”: ‘Nights at the Circus’ by Angela Carter

Is Sophie Fevvers part swan, or entirely fake? That is the only question on the untouched lips of Jack Walser; but it is a question that the young journalist is dissatisfied to leave unanswered as he embarks upon a viciously

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“Nice things are nicer than nasty ones”:Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

The Times have described Lucky Jim as “a flawless comic novel” and Kingsley Amis has certainly written a splendidly comic novel describing the attempts of England’s post-war generation to break free from the country’s traditional class structure. This is the

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“Nice things are nicer than nasty ones”:Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

The Times have described Lucky Jim as “a flawless comic novel” and Kingsley Amis has certainly written a splendidly comic novel describing the attempts of England’s post-war generation to break free from the country’s traditional class structure. This is the

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“Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified”: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

“People ask, how did you get in there? What they really want to know is if they are likely to end up in there as well. I can’t answer the real question. All I can tell them is, it’s easy.”

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“Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified”: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

“People ask, how did you get in there? What they really want to know is if they are likely to end up in there as well. I can’t answer the real question. All I can tell them is, it’s easy.”