Category Archives: non-fiction

The right book at the right time: a mid-month check-in

Closer to the 2/3rd point, really, but who’s counting? At the 2/3rd point of the month, then, I’ve read 15 books. It’s been a good crop this month. Some stand-outs include: Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton – Strout … Continue reading

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“Then I pick up my pen, and I start to write” – Neil Gaiman’s “The View from the Cheap Seats”

In 2008, when I was doing my PhD at the Uni of Manchester, I went to a reading by Neil Gaiman. He was reading from his newest novel, The Graveyard Book, and I had just read Coraline, and maybe Stardust. … Continue reading

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on standards and self-care: Annie Dillard’s “The Writing Life”

“It is easy, after all, not to be a writer. Most people aren’t writers, and very little harm comes to them.” – Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot. In The Writing Life, Annie Dillard tears apart writing, the writing process, the romance … Continue reading

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on reader response theory: Tahir Shah’s “The Caliph’s House”

Whenever I read a memoir like this, it is always in the back of my mind – how would this writer have described Brunei if he had come across similar cultural quirks? Would there have been that same generosity of … Continue reading

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