Category Archives: Biography and Autobiography

A Not So Quiet Life: Hermione Lee’s Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

Lee, Hermione. Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life. Chatto, 2013. I have always thought that the changing tone of Punch in the fifties and sixties and its demise in 1992 serves as a kind of metaphor for the disappearance of the England … Continue reading

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Navigating the Past: Cathy Converse’s Following the Curve of Time

Converse, Cathy. Following the Curve of Time: The Legendary M. Wylie Blanchet. Victoria: Touch Wood Editions, 2008. I was perhaps at something of a disadvantage when I began to read this book; I have not read M. Wylie Blanchet’s The … Continue reading

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Revisiting Memories: Christopher Milne’s The Enchanted Places

Milne, Christopher. The Enchanted Places. 1974. Harmondsworth,Middx.: Penguin, 1976. Over the years, I have read and reread this book many times. My copy is an old Penguin that I think I must have bought when Milne’s book came out in paperback … Continue reading

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Far Beyond Daffodils: James Rebanks’ The Shepherd’s Life

Rebanks, James. The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District. London: Allen Lane- Penguin, 2015. What is your image of the shepherd? Of the Lake District? I suspect that many of our responses to the Lake District have been primed … Continue reading

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A Rather Private Lady: Jennifer Kloester’s Georgette Heyer

Kloester, Jennifer. Georgette Heyer. [London: Heinemann, 2011] Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2013. Ebook Almost three years ago (can it really be that long?) I wrote a post discussing the perhaps guilty pleasures of reading Georgette Heyer. At that time, I observed: … Continue reading

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Finding the Words. Defining Exile in Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words

In Other Words is a book of connected essays published in two versions: one only in Italian and the other a side by side Italian English version translated by Ann Goldstein. This is the edition that a friend lent to … Continue reading

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Rising With the Tide: Carolyn G. Heilbrun’s The Last Gift of Time

Heilbrun, Carolyn G. The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty. New York: Ballantyne, 1997. “Whatever the satisfying and as yet culturally endorsed adventure after sixty may be, its necessary element is the sense of something essential and vital having been achieved … Continue reading

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