Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Dewey Decimal System of Insecurity

I was browsing through the new fiction releases when my stomach plummeted through the carpet, hurtling down to the ground floor of the library. It was Saturday 19 November 2011. I had been writing for five hours, sitting by a tall window that looked out into the branches of two plane trees in full foliage. It was a hot, blue-sky

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Mad, bad and dangerous to write about

Book review: Childish Loves Byron and historical fiction fall through the rabbit hole Childish Loves is the final novel in Benjamin Markovits’s stylistically varied trilogy about the poet Lord Byron. In Imposture, Markovits presented Lord Byron from the point of view of his hapless and envious doctor, Polidori. Then in A Quiet Adjustment, we saw the “mad, bad and dangerous

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Cemetery of lost ideals and flowering hope

Book review: Pure Youthful idealism is chastened by suffering and guilt in this humane and elegant novel. Whom did Andrew Miller offend? The Booker prize may be subject to the literary fads and rivalries that invite parody, but it is truly surprising that Pure didn’t make the judges’ list for 2011. It is, after all, a finely crafted, enjoyable novel that

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The uses of enchantment

Book review: The Night Circus By the end of this fable, you too may be a rêveur The Night Circus is a fairy tale for grown-ups, reminiscent of the Greek and Roman myths in which people and animals metamorphose, are alternately imprisoned and set free. The story unfolds in a dreamlike manner in the present tense and although it is ‘set’

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