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Wednesday 4 June 2014
Arts Books Opinion

books you should have read by now: rebecca

Margot McGovern
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Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (1938) is one of those books that still excites people years after their first reading. When I posted on Facebook that I was revisiting it, friends responded with digital squees and great laments that they could not relive the experience of reading it for the first time. I too wish I…
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Tuesday 6 May 2014
Arts Books

books you should have read by now: the turn of the screw

Camilla Patini
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Is this novella the history of a deluded spinster who lusts for a little boy, or is it the tale of a respectable, selfless woman struggling against forces of supernatural evil? The answer is not so simple: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is famously an irresolvable exercise in ambiguity. It’s a trap,…
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Thursday 19 December 2013
Books

books you should have read by now: the painted veil

Lou Heinrich
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For so many of us, our first interaction with a classic novel is through the movie adaptation: Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, and for me, The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham. This 2006 film starred Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, looked incredible, and featured a stunning soundtrack. Ultimately, the story was about the…
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Friday 2 August 2013
Arts Books

books you should have read by now: novellas

Erin Stewart
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While this edition of ‘books you should have read by now’ will focus on one book (as usual), it’s still fruitful to speak about the novella in general. A once dying art form, the novella has experienced a resurgence. So there’s no time like the present (or as the concept of ‘books you should have…
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Tuesday 9 April 2013
Arts Books

books you should have read by now: first love, last rites

lip magazine
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McEwan is among my favourite writers. I first came across him through his novel Atonement (2001), which I found profoundly touching. I then watched the very good film adaptation of this novel directed by Joe Wright and fell even more in love with the story. However, what I didn’t know about McEwan was that his…
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Tuesday 26 March 2013
Arts Books

books you should have read by now: happy days

lip magazine
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I am not merely talking to myself, that is in the wilderness, something I could never bear to do – Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, published in 1960.   In Happy Days Samuel Beckett stages a play of extreme physical isolation. Winnie is geographically and mentally isolated from the only other person in the…
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Wednesday 13 March 2013
Arts Books

books you should have read by now: ‘the dead’ in “dubliners”

lip magazine
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Considering that Bloomsday is imminent (16th June), I thought it might be appropriate to produce a short piece of writing on one of my favourite short stories from James Joyce’s Dubliners: “The Dead”. It is a story mesmerising in its beauty; its recreation of reality profound. It is, in the minds of many, one of the greatest works of…
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Tuesday 12 February 2013
Arts Books

books you should have read by now: the strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde

lip magazine
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First published in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the sort of book I like to read at nighttime, under a blanket, with only a torch to light up the words on the page. The novella devolves upon the story of Dr Jekyll, a middle class…
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Sunday 23 December 2012
Arts Books

Books you should have read by now: the prime of miss jean brodie

Raelke Grimmer
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I imagine being the “crème de la crème” sounds tantalisingly delicious to children of an impressionable age. For one, foreign words to young ears always sound exotic and important, for another, it is the sort of phrase likely to be picked up from an adult, and most children wish to be older than they are,…
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Tuesday 11 December 2012
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Books you should have read by now: The Member of the Wedding

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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The Member of the Wedding (1946) is a tale of the search for belonging, played out against the individual struggle of adolescence, and the larger catastrophe of World War II. Frankie Adams is a lanky twelve year-old girl, desperate to find a group to belong to. She becomes fixated with the idea of joining her…
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Tuesday 27 November 2012
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books you should have read by now: lace

Erin Stewart
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Before there was 50 Shades of Grey, there was Lace. Not that I’ve read 50 Shades (an admission which ironically undermines my status as a reviewer), but you think BDSM is shocking? Shirley Conran, author of Lace, describes it as ‘baby porn’. She shocked everyone with Lace, it’s frank discussions and depictions of sex (from…
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Tuesday 2 October 2012
Books Featured

books you should have read by now: madame bovary

Erin Stewart
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Published in 1856, Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary was kind of obscene for tastes of the time. The book depicts the eponymous Emma Bovary have several affairs. The fact that it was put on trial for obscenity ensured the publication’s success. It became – and has largely stayed – a popular novel. Emma Bovary is a…
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Tuesday 4 September 2012
Arts Books

books you should have read by now: In Cold Blood

Erin Stewart
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Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is a classic because it’s one of the first non-fiction novels ever written. In its essence, a non-fiction novel tells a story the same way a fictional novel would, the only difference being that the non-fiction novel is true (or at least, largely so). It’s kind of an extended piece…
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Tuesday 21 August 2012
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books you should have read by now: the bell jar

Erin Stewart
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Sylvia Plath is a bit of a feminist icon. In her book The Bell Jar, there are plenty of hints as to why that might be. Set in the 1950s, Esther Greenwood, the narrator, is an ambitious character, smart and well-educated. She professes to never wanting to marry because she didn’t much like the idea…
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