Buried Under Books

Category: Literature

REVIEW ‘Larchfield’: poetry, loneliness, guilt and madness

Motherhood. Poetry. Madness – or time travel? Welcome to Helensburgh – home to the young English poet W.H Auden and, years later, English poetess, Dora Fielding, in (English poet) Polly Clark’s emotionally fraught debut novel. What’s it about? Newly married and pregnant, Dora moves to Helensburgh hoping that her new life will engage her as […]

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‘The Shadow of the Wind’: literary, gothic and almost mythical

I’ve no idea how this came to feature on my book group’s *crime* reading list this year. And I ought to: I wrote the list. Despite my bewilderment regarding how this slipped into the crime category, I did enjoy reading it and did finish it. I’m not sure how many members of my book group will be […]

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‘Sister’: I’m coming to find you…and me.

Jane Austen knew what she was doing when she made the relationship between sisters central to her novels. Elizabeth Bennet needs Jane’s gentle reminders that people are capable of more than Lizzy is minded to give them credit for, and Jane needs periodic, pragmatic dousing with Lizzy’s realism. Marianne and Elinor are even more obviously […]

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