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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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Adjusting Focus: Joanna Trollope’s City of Friends

Trollope, Joanna. City of Friends. Mantle, 2017. ebook. City of Friends is Joanna Trollope’s twentieth novel. She is, I suppose, known primarily for what we might call “women’s fiction.” Certainly, many of her novels deal with what some readers may feel are … 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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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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Rambles in Dead End Streets (With a Detour into First Novels): Pat Barker, Nell Dunn, and Eve Garnett.

Barker, Pat. Union Street. London: Virago, 1982. Dunn, Nell. Poor Cow. Introd. Margaret Drabble. 1967. London: Virago: 2013. —. Up the Junction. Drawings Susan Benson. Little Brown 1963. Washington: Counterpoint, 2000. Garnett, Eve. The Family From One End Street. 1937.  Introd. Julia Eccleshare, 2004. … Continue reading

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“How Large Should this Circle Be?”(24): Interrogations in Zadie Smith’s The Embassy of Cambodia

Smith, Zadie. The Embassy of Cambodia. London: Penguin-Hamish Hamilton, 2013. My first thought on taking up The Embassy of Cambodia was a query of definition. Was I reading a novella? sixty-nine pages can hardly be classified as a novel, or … Continue reading

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“Mak[ing] a Story of It”: An Illustrated Elegy.

Shepard, Ernest H. Drawn From Memory. [Methuen 1957] Harmondsworth, Mddx.: Penguin, 1975. One of the books I’ve revisited from my own shelves this summer has been Shepard’s reminiscences of the year before his mother became ill and died. Published in … Continue reading

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