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The Joy of Writing Sex (research review)

View this post on Instagram I read The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers by Elizabeth Benedict (revised edition 2001) on Kindle, which may accounts for the boring cover image. Sorry about that – and apologies also … Continue reading

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A Whole Life (reading-as-a-writer 8)

View this post on Instagram I really don’t want to write about A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler (trans. Charlotte Collins 2015). I’m afraid I won’t do justice to it – or that thinking too hard about this exquisite book … Continue reading

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Field Service (reading-as-a-writer 7)

View this post on Instagram I first read Field Service by Robert Edric a year ago as part of my research into the aftermath of the #GreatWar. I reread it this week as a writer. This is the first book … Continue reading

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Brooklyn (reading-as-a-writer 6)

View this post on Instagram I didn’t want to read Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín because 1950s, small-town, Irish emigre, coming-of-age stories are really not my thing. (Plus, although I loved the clothes I found the film pretty insipid.) Then a … Continue reading

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Brideshead Revisited (reading-as-a-writer 5)

View this post on Instagram I’ve just reread ‘Brideshead Revisited’ by Evelyn Waugh (1945) because I really didn’t appreciate the brilliance of this novel when I read it a decade or so ago. It feels mean-spirited to condense such bounty … Continue reading

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A Month in the Country (reading-as-a-writer 4)

View this post on Instagram Where to start with “A Month in the Country” by JL Carr (1980)? Would it be hyperbole to say this is one of the most exquisite short novels ever written? Another long, hot, post-war summer; … Continue reading

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A Winter’s Child (reading-as-a-writer 3)

View this post on Instagram My #writinginspiration: “A Winter’s Child” by Brenda Jagger. Why – oh why! – is Brenda Jagger no longer widely read? Published in 1984 this post #WW1 novel (and Jagger’s other eight Victorian/Edwardian era books) beats … Continue reading

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Nineteen Twenty-One (reading-as-a-writer 1)

View this post on Instagram #justfinishedreading “Nineteen Twenty-One” by Adam Thorpe. One of those books that makes me as a writer just feel inadequate! It’s the long hot summer of 1921 and Joseph, who missed active service, is holed up … Continue reading

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Best left unsaid?

A skilful writer can leave much unsaid – because she trusts her reader. Continue reading

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Why Journey’s End didn’t make me cry

The one thing I think I feared was that Journey’s End would be given the Blackadder treatment. Continue reading

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