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A Change for the Better: on reading habits

A Change for the Better: on reading habits

If you're new here, why not subscribe to our email updates or follow us on Facebook? You can also add us to your Google Reader. Thanks for visiting! In Susan Hill’s A Change for the Better Deirdre Fount finds herself traversing a path that is not the one she intended to venture down. Though she might have stumbled upon it of her own accord, her marathon...

Book Review: A Change for the Better by Susan Hill

Book Review: A Change for the Better by Susan Hill

I picked up Susan Hill’s A Change for the Better from the shelves of the Little Library, a literary free-for-all thanks to which I’ve stumbled across all manner of elderly, fusty little books. The sorts of books that are faded to a jaundiced hue, their pages seeking respite from the glue of their bindings, their text cramped and tiny, set, in...

Guest Post: Balancing writing and family by Kate Belle

Guest Post: Balancing writing and family by Kate Belle

Today’s guest post, on balancing writing and family, is by Kate Belle   How do you juggle your family with writing? It’s a common enough question (although interestingly more often directed at female than male authors). Creativity, like the human beings it’s borne in, is complex, flexible and responsive. For those juggling a family, work,...

Review: My Happy Life by Lydia Millet

Review: My Happy Life by Lydia Millet

I purchased Lydia Millet’s My Happy Life some years ago on the strength of her book Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, which I remember being a tremendous read. I wonder now whether I’d feel the same way upon embarking on a re-read, as I’m deeply ambivalent about My Happy Life, a book that’s so painfully, mawkishly self-conscious that...

Review: Journey from Venice by Ruth Cracknell

Review: Journey from Venice by Ruth Cracknell

  Venice is the only place in Italy I’ve been to–unless the countryside scudding along outside the train window counts–and it’s a city that straddles so many realities. With a foot on land and one in the ocean, it’s physically an in-between city; with its car-less streets and ancient architecture, it’s a place that...

Interview: Sandra Antonelli on advocating for older protagonists in romance fiction

Interview: Sandra Antonelli on advocating for older protagonists in romance fiction

Local romance author Sandra Antonelli and I have been in touch over Twitter and through the site for a while now, but first properly connected over an interview I did late last year with author Maggie Dana about middle-aged protagonists and their representation in fiction. This is, as it turns out, Sandra’s area of expertise, and is something that she...

Review: The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman

Review: The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman

Six years ago I was out at a bar with a girlfriend. I was there under the guise of being her lesbian partner, a roadblock against the advances of another girl my friend had unwittingly led on. Unfortunately I didn’t play my role especially well, as I couldn’t help but take notice of a handsome young man who’d just entered the venue. To make...

Friend-zoning and Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons

Friend-zoning and Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons

  Earlier this morning I read that the term “friend zone” is set to enter the OED. It’s a term that I stumbled over only relatively recently, probably within the last few months or so, and it’s only after spending some time thinking about and reading up on it this morning that I managed to pinpoint exactly what about it bothered...

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