Tag Archives: Autobiography

Leaving Home: Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox

Feldman, Deborah. Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. Simon and Schuster, 2012. The only child of a mother who left the community and of a mentally challenged father unable to care for her, Feldman was raised by her paternal … Continue reading

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Life in a Setting Sun: Peter Godwin’s Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa

Godwin, Peter. Mukiwa. A White Boy in Africa. 1996. HarperPerennial, 1997. Just after I started work for a large firm of London solicitors in the summer of 1969, a frisson of excitement rippled through the office because one of the typists … Continue reading

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A Respectable Life? Ruth Scurr’s John Aubrey: My Own Life

Scurr, Ruth. John Aubrey: My Own Life.Vintage, 2015. You are probably aware of John Aubrey’s Brief Livesand of Anthony Powell’s John Aubrey and His Friends. Anyone reading about Restoration England is also fairly used to coming across references to Aubrey … Continue reading

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The Personal View: Christabel Bielenberg’s The Past is Myself and The Road Ahead

I found this draft post unposted earlier today. I wrote it just before I left home and didn’t put it on line.  Bielenberg, Christabel. The Past is Myself. Chatto, 1968. Corgi, 1984 and The Road Ahead. Bantam 1992. Corgi, 1993. … Continue reading

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Remembering: Lynn Barber’s An Education

Barber, Lynn. An Education. Penguin, 2009. I thought I had posted about this book when I first read it a few years ago. I was mistaken. Some of you may have seen the film of the same name starring Carey … 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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