“It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent – lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It’s as simple as that.”

I’m back on Dear Damsels this month for their theme of ‘Curiosity’ – I wrote about one of my forever favs: Tove Jansson (creator of the Moomins, artist, writer, already babe) and her life ph...

There’s a short story in this collection, Smote (or When I Find I Cannot Kiss You In Front Of A Print By Bridget Riley) that is so brilliant, so filled with emotion and wit and feeling that when I finished it I had to put the book down and not read anything else that day to let its full effect sink in.

Eley Williams clearly loves words and language,...

About 50 pages into Lincoln in the Bardo something clicked, all the different voices came together along with the historical snippets and suddenly I couldn’t put this book down. I was waking up first thing to read it, seeking out seats on the train for extra reading time and trying to eat dinner one handed so I could continue.

To describe this book...

He wants the essentiality of winter, not this half-season grey selfsameness.

Ali Smith’s Winter, the second in her seasonal quarter, is as timely and topical as Autumn, which was billed as the first ‘Brexit’ novel. And again we see familiar snippets from the news appear: the vote is mentioned several times, as is a certain ridiculous president...

A dystopian novel like no other.

Whatever I imagine, it is something else.

Told in the shortest of segments charting an unnamed woman's journey north to escape the rising flood that overtakes the U.K. — fleeing with her husband and newborn baby they travel north, meeting other refugees along the way and taking shelter where they can find it. Unlike a...

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