Ellan Read

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Mary Barton

Gaskell perhaps didn’t realise it at the time, but what she has crafted is a nuanced history of the home and hearth from the perspectives of the people history forgets: the female, the disabled, the elderly, and the poor.

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Orlando: A Biography

‘Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.’

July 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Secret London – An Unusual Guide

Not only does this pocket-sized travel companion provide up to date opening hours, handy maps, cafe details, nearby hotels and various phone numbers, it gives a whole new spin on the sometimes monotonous experience of being a tourist.

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

POETRY: Ariel (The Restored Edition)

Year of publication: 2004 (poems written 1961-62) Found: Second hand at the uni co-op Pages/Read time: 211, two weeks of lunch-break reading at work I have your head on my … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf

Like a large box of expensive chocolates, these stories are yours to consume when and how you wish.

December 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

To Sir, With Love

Year/place of publication: 1959, UK Found: My mother’s school books from the 1970s Pages/read time: 142, a week Comments: The incredible Edward Ricardo Braithwaite is 104 years old and his … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Room of One’s Own

If you are a feminist of any description – and even if you think you’re not – please try to get a hold of this book.

October 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Essays in Love

It’s clear to me that there is no good reason for many philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.

October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment


Not that my opinion matters, but I agree with judges on the bajillion prizes this novel won.

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Satanic Verses

Year of publication: 1988 Found: Via the BBC documentary The Fatwa – Salman Rushdie Story Read time: 546, a fortnight Comments: I don’t believe I would ever have read this … Continue reading

August 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

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