Category Archives: non-fiction

Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

In Outliers, one of Malcolm Gladwell’s points is that no achievement is truly individual in nature. We are always standing on the shoulders of timing, geography, the work of the the generations before us, the privileges granted us by our parents, our … Continue reading

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September Round Up: The Muslim Woman’s Double Bind

13 books in September! 12 female-authored 2 Bruneian novels (The Last Bastion of Ingei and Jewel: An attempt at a halal romance – review for The Scoop here) 3 books on Islam 1 book on Erotic Stories for Punjabi widows (I just love … Continue reading

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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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