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Thoughts: Selected Poems, by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, translated by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi

From children’s fantasy to soviet poetry. Such is the world of literature. There’s a good translator introduction in this slim volume of poetry, which I appreciated but which also made me sad I can’t read Russian. It set out clearly … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Girl of Ink and Stars, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I am officially back on the reading train. Choo choo. The Girl of Ink and Stars, as well as being a Thing of Thing and Thing title, is another book for younger readers, but a solid level younger than Orangeboy. … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Orangeboy, by Patrice Lawrence

I can’t say too much about this one, because the unfolding sense of mystery was one of the best parts. It’s a little younger than my usual reading material, actual YA, not YA aimed at 20somethings, if you catch my … Continue reading

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Thoughts: This Sporting Life, by David Storey

I’ve been pushed out of a lot of comfort zones lately, over and over again, but this one at least I chose to leave. I know absolutely nothing about rugby league (or rugby union for that matter). Buuut is it … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Modelland, by Tyra Banks

Oh boy was this a book. While I was reading it I kept track of many of my immediate thoughts in a large Twitter thread which you may enjoy! I am going to spoiler the hell out of this book, … Continue reading

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Speedy End of Year Book Roundup!

I read a lot of books in quick succession at the end of the year, and frankly didn’t have the energy to review them properly because I was recovering from emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy (all fine* now) so … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain

I don’t remember much about the film of this one, which I must have seen in 2017, but I remember enjoying it, or at least being quite enthusiastic about the idea of reading the book it was based on. Well. … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Live By Night, by Dennis Lehane

After The Exorcist, my TBR decided I was in need of a good gangster romp. And boy, was I! The main thing about Live By Night is that it’s cool in every way you want a gangster novel to be … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty

I have seen the film of The Exorcist, in the way that a lot of almost-teenage girls did – from behind a sofa. I was kind of dreading this one.

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Thoughts: Jackself, by Jacob Polley

I finished this book a little while ago, but honestly it’s been too hot to think about anything in an intelligent way until around now. And I can’t vouch much for now. It doesn’t help that this is a book … Continue reading

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