“For Later” lately (5)

In an attempt to tame her ever-growing For Later list, Robyn has decided to share with us on a regular basis the titles that she has recently added to her list. The theory being that, even if she doesn’t ever get round to reading them, she can perhaps do so vicariously through you… So please…
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Off the shelf (2)

As followers of our blog will know, voracious reader Robyn has been sharing with us on a regular basis the titles that she has been adding to her For Later shelf. This time she reports back on some of the titles that have graduated to her Completed shelf. An art theme to some books that…
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Looking forward to looking

On the weekend of the 13th and 14th of February 2016 the Centre of Contemporary Art will re-open in its beautiful '60s modernist building on Gloucester Street. Recently Paula Orrell, the new curator of CoCA, gave a talk about what we might see when the doors open to the public for the first time in five years. Art galleries…
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The (very) long list

Books I couldn't resist adding to the For Later shelf this week. Every Time a Friend Succeeds Something Inside Me Dies: The Life of Gore Vidal by Jay Parini Because the title is a deathless quote, because the cover features Gore Vidal with a cat on his shoulder, because the author has written a biography…
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Killing Jokes

Some reasons to see The Ladykillers at the Court Theatre. The cast. You're in safe hands with these old hands. Actually they're not old hands, they're experienced hands. And experience counts. It's unfair to single anyone out they are so uniformly good, but Rima Te Wiata as Mrs Wilberforce, "the wraith in a pinny" is…
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Happy birthday, Emily Brontë

Oh Emily. Your creations and their goings-on out on that moor have captured the imaginations of millions of women everywhere. And more than a few men I guess, although I've never met one. You only lived for thirty years but Cathy and Heathcliff (and Linton and Isabella and Edgar and Hareton and Nelly) are immortal…
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Giddying up

Avid readers know that nervous start you get when you find out a favourite author has written a new book but you didn't know about it. Or perhaps that's just me. Addiction is the a-word that applies, not avid. Anyway imagine my dismay when I noticed that Jonathan Franzen has a new book and I did…
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Beautiful Burlap

I need a hobby. A creative hobby. I am feeling the "desire to be a clothing designer or an artist (one who doesn't draw or paint or sew)" to quote Heidi Julavits in The Folded Clock: A Diary. The library seems the logical place to look for inspiration to set me on my true creative…
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