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Jane Eyre at the Bristol Old Vic – Pt 2

“I can’t understand why this isn’t packed,” said the lady next to me, who was having a fabulous night. “I’m going to tell all my friends to come!” We were at the Bristol Old Vic, watching the second and final part of Sally Cookson’s Jane Eyre. In the first show...

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Reading Women

Quite by accident this year I’ve almost entirely read books only by women. * Many internets-people have declared 2014 to be the year they read more women writers. Some are even going so far as to say they’ll only read women writers. Having usually been someone who says “I only...

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Jane Eyre at the Bristol Old Vic – Pt 1

Is the sum worth its parts? I went along to catch the first part of the two-part Jane Eyre which opened last night (previews) at the Bristol Old Vic. Sally Cookson has translated the classic Bronte novel into a breathtaking mix of music, stomp, dance, lights, gags and, of course,...

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Little By Little

The conductor walks up and down the small train – just one car – clipping tickets, nodding to old acquaintances, selling tickets to those who get on at the small stations. Every day he travels from Karlovac to Bubnjarci and back again, following the river, passing under the castle on...

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Trollopey Women

I have a bit of an on-again-off-again love affair with Anthony Trollope. I recently completed what could only be called a Trollope marathon, smashing out a Palliser novel every 1-2 weeks. I’m not even sure if I enjoyed them, I just had to get through them. But they did make...

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Google’s Specs

No matter how connected you are, do you ever sometimes get the impression that Google just doesn’t get you? It’s no secret that I love books. I love them so much I frequently fall asleep with one on my chest, under the pillow, on the floor, over my face… sometimes...

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Why you’ll never be a writer

Ever needed to jerk off so hard that your dad had to give you money for a hooker which ended in you breaking a chamber pot and having to hit up your grandfather for cash? No? That’s why you’ll never write great literature. Find out more…

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The Shortest History of Europe – John Hirst

I smashed through this book in just one Sunday afternoon and two days of commuting. It really is the shortest little history of Europe you’re likely to encounter. Chinese civilisation was for a long period more advanced than European. From China, Europe acquired printing, paper-making, the compass, gunpowder and locks...

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Dead Souls

I started reading Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol in February 2011… and I just finished it. Gah what a hard going piece of work it is, to be sure. I started reading it through DailyLit which is a good concept but somehow just didn’t work for me. Probably because I...

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Isn’t god a shit?

In the hope of keeping him quiet for a few hours Freddy & I have bet Randolph [Churchill, son of Winston] 20 pounds that he cannot read the whole Bible in a fortnight. It would have been worth it at the price. Unhappily it has not had the result we...