New books about Austen, Woolf and the Brontës

  2017: A Year of Literary Nonfiction Celebrating British Women Writers Hat tip to nonfiction scribblers assiduously churning out new literary biographies and criticism about these iconic female authors each and every year. Convinced surely there could be no new angle, I’m always pleasantly surprised when out pops a new one. Wherever this New Idea …

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Nailing Jess by Triona Scully – but mostly, a lecture on craft

Every now and then I make a mad grab for a book, something I run across serendipitously while perusing bookshop events or stumble over in my email. A title or description will catch my eye, I'll shoot off an email to the publisher and request a review copy. How often this works out satisfactorily to …

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Walter Scott Prize Shortlist: Sebastian Barry’s ‘Days Without End’

My distraction throughout the reading of Barry's book is no reflection on it, nor its quality. The same happened when I read Graham Swift's Walter Scott-nominated Mothering Sunday, though in reading back through a second time I was moved by its beauty. The inability to fully fall into Days Without End is about my current life …

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Live, from Scotland!

  Coming to you live from Bonnie Scotland. I'll be reviewing for UK publishers and venues through the next few months, up and running here at Bluestalking. You'll find me at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival in August, attending events, standing very close to authors, reading and buying books, enjoying the roar of the grease …

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The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Hogarth (July 19, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 0553418874 ISBN-13: 978-0553418873   The Sunlight Pilgrims is Fagan's second novel, following her much-lauded The Panopticon, a novel about a teenage girl named Anais who, following a childhood spent bouncing between dozens of foster families, is sent to a live in a home for chronic …

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The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe by D.G. Compton

  Series: New York Review Books Classics Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: NYRB Classics (July 5, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 1590179714 ISBN-13: 978-1590179710   In an ambiguous future when death has become all but extinct - save for accident and old age - Katherine Mortenhoe is dying. She has weeks to live, her doctor's estimate about four …

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The Bronte Cabinet by Deborah Lutz

Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 4, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 0393352706 ISBN-13: 978-0393352702   You may remember me from such manias as a fascination with all things Brontë, evinced by several posts written earlier this year.  Upon the Grand Event of the purchasing of Claire Harman's biography Charlotte Brontë: …

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Agostino by Alberto Moravia

    Series: New York Review Books Classics Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: NYRB Classics; Main edition (July 8, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1590177231 ISBN-13: 978-1590177235 Alberto Moravia (1907-1990), the child of a wealthy family, was raised at home because of illness. He published his first novel, The Time of Indifference, at the age of twenty-three. …

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At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (July 7, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 1620409941 ISBN-13: 978-1620409947   SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2015 LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016    Building to an extraordinary climax over the course of one spring month, At Hawthorn Time is both a clear-eyed picture of a …

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