Tag Archives: Autobiography

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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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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Lives Revisited: Rambles in Biography. Peter Ustinov and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Ustinov, Peter, Dear Me.  Harmondsworth, Mddx.: Penguin, 1977. Reynolds, Barbara. Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul. 1993. London: Hodder and  Stoughton-Scepter, 1994. How different is the situation of the biographer in comparison with that of the writer of fiction. … 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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