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Casting for the Rainbow: Ethel Wilson’s Swamp Angel

Wilson, Ethel. Swamp Angel. Harper & Bros., 1954. Ed. George Bowering. UBC Library-Macmillan, 1990. E-book. If you had taken a Canadian literature course in the late sixties and early seventies, you would probably remember that much of the focus of what was … Continue reading

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Do Not Pass Go: John Mortimer’s Quite Honestly

Mortimer, John. Quite Honestly. Penguin, 2006. This is another short book that you might be tempted to dismiss as somewhat lightweight. It is lighthearted, another thing entirely. If you like John Mortimer’s fiction, you will enjoy Quite Honestly. Bishop’s daughter Lucinda … Continue reading

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Not So Tame? Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl

Tyler, Anne. Vinegar Girl: William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shew Retold.  Hogarth Shakespeare-Vintage. 2016. What has always interested me most about The Taming of the Shrew is that it is a play within a play, a fact that I … Continue reading

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Notes from the (Un)forgotten Past: H. E. Bates The Daffodil Sky

Bates, H. E. The Daffodil Sky. [Michael Joseph 1955] Harmondsworth, Mddx.: Penguin,       1959. Our library just had its annual book sale. Needless to say, notwithstanding the fact that my book shelves are already full, I succumbed to temptation. One of the … Continue reading

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Twists and Turns in Memory Lane: Monica Dickens’ Joy and Josephine

Dickens, Monica. Joy and Josephine. London: The Book Club, 1949. One of the joys of browsing along library shelves is that you find old books. Perhaps I could better phrase that as “elderly volumes,” books that were published decades ago … Continue reading

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That (Un)Certain Licence: Nostalgia and Anxiety in Ian Fleming’s James Bond

Fleming, Ian. James Bond: The Complete Collection. n.pub. n.d. Not long ago, being stuck ill in bed, I downloaded James Bond: The Complete Collection into my ereader for the low price of $9.99. I was temporarily bedridden, without access to … Continue reading

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Wounds of Discretion: Mary Hocking’s A Particular Place

Hocking Mary. A Particular Place. [Chatto 1989] London: Virago, 1990. I’m not sure how I had never discovered Mary Hocking before now. She published twenty-four novels before she died in 2014, but somehow she didn’t cross my path until a … Continue reading

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