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I’ve decided to stop posting here for now, and publish instead at my new website Oblong Fetish. I’ll be writing there about books, plus film, a bit of music, and a little bit of random other stuff. I’m still posting booky things at my (renamed) Instagram page. Hope to see you over at Oblong Fetish.

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Rodham, by Curtis Sittenfeld book cover
Book reviews

Rodham, by Curtis Sittenfeld

For the difficulties the idea poses, the world American writer Curtis Sittenfeld imagines in Rodham (published by Penguin Random House, 2020), is a little different to the one we’re familiar with. At least when it comes to presidents of the United States, and Hillary Clinton, nee Rodham, the former American Senator and Secretary of State. …

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Bookmarks: Monday 30 August, 2021
Book Marks

Bookmarks: Monday 30 August, 2021

Hope you had a great week last week. Mine zipped by. It was Monday, then suddenly Friday afternoon arrived, and it was time to pack up for the weekend. So here we are again, it’s Monday, time to start all over again. Currently reading Present Tense: A Schalk Lourens Mystery, by Natalie Conyer. Read the …

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Born Into This, by Adam Thompson book cover
Book reviews

Born Into This, by Adam Thompson

Born into This (published by University of Queensland Press, February 2021) is a collection of sixteen short stories, the debut work of Adam Thompson, an Indigenous author living in the Australian state of Tasmania. Set in Thompson’s home state, the stories look at the place of Indigenous, or First Nations, people in contemporary Australia, and …

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Like Life, by Lorrie Moore book cover
Book covers

Like Life, by Lorrie Moore

Here’s a question, where were you in 1990? If you recall the beginning of the final decade of the last century, and millennium, (yes I know, some people might say that was actually 1991), do you also recall the publication of Like Life (published by Vintage/Penguin Random House, 1990), a collection of eight stories by …

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Book marks 23 August 2021
Book Marks

Bookmarks: Monday 23 August, 2021

Welcome to wherever you are. Let’s accentuate the positive on a Monday morning. It’s another red letter week for book lovers in the form of Children’s Book Week, which runs until Friday. Winners of the books of the year, awards recognising authors, illustrators, and publishers, have also been announced. Currently reading If I Had Your …

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Love in Lockdown, by Chloe James book cover
Book covers

Love in Lockdown, by Chloe James

We’ll always have Facetime. So near yet so far. Here are some of the ideas that are apparent on the book cover of Love in Lockdown (published by Avon Books, 2021), the second novel by British author Chloe James, though her first book, The Jane Austen Dating Agency, was published under her actual name, Fiona …

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