Category Archives: Books

“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,

“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,

“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

“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

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

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

“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

“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

“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.”

“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.”

“I felt deeply tricked. Stunned. And furious. I also felt my default emotion: numbness”: Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs wanted to grow up with the Brady Bunch, but instead he got the Addams family. Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy given away by his mother to be raised by her psychiatrist, a certified

“I felt deeply tricked. Stunned. And furious. I also felt my default emotion: numbness”: Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs wanted to grow up with the Brady Bunch, but instead he got the Addams family. Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy given away by his mother to be raised by her psychiatrist, a certified