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Born on this day: Daphne du Maurier

Born on this day, 1907: Daphne du Maurier. "But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands." Talk about a writer after a reader's heart! It's probably clear by now that du Maurier is my favourite author. There's so much I'm enthralled by in her… Continue reading Born on this day: Daphne du Maurier

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Female voices – Vote100

It's been 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act became law in the UK. For the first time, a woman could cast a vote in an election. But only if she met certain conditions - she had to be over 30 years old, have a considerable income, property, or a degree. It… Continue reading Female voices – Vote100

Book Review

Review: Women & Power: A Manifesto, by Mary Beard (2017)

5/5 stars This is one of my favourite Christmas presents from this year. I’ve had my eye on it for a while: a book entitled ‘Women & Power’ is almost guaranteed to be interesting in light of so many debates occurring in the world today. It’s a slim volume, but Women & Power: A Manifesto… Continue reading Review: Women & Power: A Manifesto, by Mary Beard (2017)

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My Favourite Author: A Short Introduction

Oh Daphne du Maurier - what a writer. Where do I even start with du Maurier? Ever since my good friend recommended Rebecca to me, I have been enraptured by the exquisiteness of du Maurier’s prose, and the darkness of her stories. I love the way she pushed boundaries, experimenting with plots and themes to… Continue reading My Favourite Author: A Short Introduction

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Christmas TBR

Happy 1st of December! This year has flown by! Just thought I'd change things up a bit with my blog posts with a TBR! The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë - this is a library book, so it definitely needs to be read this month! The Growing Season, by Helen Sedgwick - I've… Continue reading Christmas TBR

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Friday Night Reading

Making a start on the last of my PRH JobHack prizes tonight, after finishing The House this afternoon (full review will follow shortly). Have heard many good things about The Growing Season so I'm excited to read it! What are your reading plans for this weekend?

Book Review

Review: Vera, by Elizabeth von Arnim (1921)

I’m not going to lie. This book disappointed me, and it was a struggle to read. Part of that I think was deliberate: von Arnim uses a lot of repetition which results in a claustrophobic reading experience to mirror what the protagonist, Lucy, feels. That aspect was so effective. I also think, though, that either… Continue reading Review: Vera, by Elizabeth von Arnim (1921)