Category Archives: Biography

My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Penguin)

“There was a time, and it was many years ago now, when I had to stay in hospital for almost nine weeks” THE thing about writing solely on a¬†macro level is that there is no horizon over which the sun … Continue reading

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The vanishing futurist by Charlotte Hobson (Faber)

“In May 1914, much against the advice of my parents, I took up the post of governess to the Robelev family of No 7 Gagarinsky Lane, Moscow” THERE is an endearing description on page two of this provocative, colourful entertaining, … Continue reading

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The Third Plate by Dan Barber (Abacus)

“A corn cob, dried and slightly shriveled, arrived in the mail not long after we opened Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Along with the cob was a check for $1,000” THE best place to read this book would be on … Continue reading

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Outline by Rachel Cusk (Vintage)

“Before the flight I was invited for lunch at a London club with a billionaire I’d been promised had liberal credentials.” I GOT my copy of this book second hand. Various passages were marked up as if the previous reader … Continue reading

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Ashes in the Wind by Christopher Bland (Head Zeus)

“John Burke wants to be Tomas Sullivan. John wants Tomas’s worn brown boots, the scabs on his knees, his green jersey darned with whatever coloured wool had come to his mother’s hand. He wants to talk like Tomas.” AN old … Continue reading

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Recipes for a nervous breakdown by Sophie White (Gill)

“Before going mad, I didn’t really give madness that much thought. It seemed like a distant concept that had absolutely zero bearing on my life.” THE best recipe writing comes from a compulsion, like composers, to explain a passion, a … Continue reading

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The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carre (penguin/Viking)

“I sit at my desk in the basement of the little Swiss chalet that I built with the profits from the Spy Who Came In From The Cold in a mountain village ninety minutes by train from Bern, the city … Continue reading

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