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Category Archives: Classics

Orlando: A Biography

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

July 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Go Tell It On The Mountain

If you think To Kill a Mockingbird was ‘important’, or ‘eye-opening’ for you, then Go Tell It On the Mountain will ram home just how much you don’t, and perhaps never really will, truly understand.

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Brilliant Career

‘The less a person thinks and inquires regarding the why and the wherefore and the justice of things, when dragging along through life, the happier it is for him, and doubly, trebly so, for her.’

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Katherine Mansfield: The Complete Stories

First published: 1974 Found: Looking for more Virginia Woolf and found Mansfield instead Pages/read time: 830, two months on and off during exam time  Comments:   To and fro, in … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Year of publication: 1969 Found: On a book club reading list Pages/Read time: 304, three days The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Iliad

Year of publication: This translation by Samuel Butler first published 1898. Found: In the sales bin at the uni co-op Pages/Read time: 415, three weeks-ish Comments: The Iliad – written by … Continue reading

February 15, 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 Communist Manifesto

Don’t be intimidated by this text. Just because the authors Frederich Engels and Karl Marx unleashed 150 years of political turmoil with it’s publication doesn’t mean that you should be intimidated. Ok, maybe just a little.

December 26, 2016 · 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 · 1 Comment

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