Category Archives: Observations

“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 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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On Loving Soft: Brit Bennett’s “The Mothers”

The Mothers broke my heart. It’s the kind of book whose characters are so real that they keep walking around your head for a long time after you’ve finished. I loved all of them, and my heart broke for all … Continue reading

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On a Room of One’s Own: Sherry Thomas’ “A Study in Scarlet Women”

As I said on my IG, you know that part in (the amazing) A Room of One’s Own where Woolf talks about what fate Shakespeare’s sister, had she existed and been as talented and him, would have met? Sherry Thomas … Continue reading

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