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Review: The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

I have to admit, I picked The Castle of Otranto from the library because it was a very slim volume. At 140 pages, it suited me nicely. And then I couldn’t resist this blurb: Manfred, wicked lord of Otranto Castle, is horrified when his son is crushed to death on...

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Review – Soul Tourists by Bernardine Evaristo

Soul Tourists by Bernardine Evaristo is not at all what I was expecting from the cover or the blurb. It is a fairly linear story, but told partly in prose, partly in verse and partly in a sort of condensed dialogue format which swings from internal to external. It doesn’t...

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Review – Home Truths by David Lodge

We live in a society that is obsessed with celebrity and success. We like to think this is somehow new, but it was as true in 1999 – when Home Truths was first published – as it is now. Adrian and his wife Eleanor live in a nice home in...

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Review – Hothouse by Brian Aldiss

Review: Hothouse by Brian Aldiss Look, I persevered. It is no doubt an interesting book concept. And I came away from it with a clear and unsettling feeling that I had just spent a week in overgrown and hostile jungles, amongst the sticky, sharp, cloying, impenetrable vegetation of Aldiss’s future...

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The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is an unrelentingly awful tramp through the worst parts of early American capitalism. Normally I would hate something this despairing, but actually I found myself drawn in and – unusually for me – unable to look away. Upton Sinclair’s expose of the Chicago meat packing...

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A Swedish Night Out

Kino Europa has a new program of foreign movies with English (and Croatian) subtitles every Tuesday night. We went along last night to watch the Swedish film “Force Majeure” (although it’s called “Turist” in Swedish). A young family are in a beautiful French ski resort for their holiday, but their...

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The Invisible Woman – movie review

It should have been my dream movie: Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charles Dickens, inappropriate love… but it wasn’t. I went to see The Invisible Woman at the gorgeous Little Theatre in Bath. The film tells the story of the affair between Charles Dickens and the (very) young actress Nellie...

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Booze Bar and Black

Even if you haven’t been to the newly re-opened Beresford yet, no doubt you’ve heard about its sexy curved bar, its naff wine list (organised into cheap, decent, good), and, of course, its magnificent loos. You’ve heard about the loos, right? First, a word about how I ended up in...

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Ring My Bell

Going for a walk to Kings Cross on Sunday, my pal and I found ourselves at Woollomooloo. It happens. We by-passed the (very famous) Harry’s pie cart, past the (very renovated and dull looking) Wooloomooloo Bay Hotel and strolled straight into the Bells Hotel. How this outback-Australiana-olde worlde-pubiness-pub survives in...