the year in books :: October 2017

September, most bookish month of all, was the one in which I didn’t manage to share with you what I was reading. In truth, it was a month of big changes for me, with my youngest son starting school, and the way in which I spend my days shifting. After some weeks of adjustment, and

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the year in books :: August 2017

My July choice for The Year in Books was Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a memoir that I very much enjoyed, and followed with The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, memoir combined with nature writing set on the Scottish island of Orkney. It was starkly honest and hauntingly redemptive. This month’s book is Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin. Having written, many years ago,

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the year in books :: July 2017

My most recent choice for The Year in Books was A Writer’s Diary, Leonard Woolf’s selection of extracts from the diary of Virginia Woolf. I’m still slowly working my way though it, marvelling at Woolf’s incredible mastery of language, fascinated by the stories from her everyday life. In June, although I didn’t record it here, I

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the year in books :: May 2017

It would be no exaggeration to say that April’s book, The Faraway Nearby  by Rebecca Solnit, was one of the best that I have read for a very long time. Solnit’s writing is astoundingly good, and her interweaving of memoir, fairy tale, history and science is like nothing I’ve read before. I was so taken with

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