Women in foreign worlds

I'm still recovering, weeks later, from the season 2, final episode, final scene of The Handmaid's Tale. It had both my husband and I screaming "NO!" at the television. Not usually a great fan of movies or television made from great books, this depiction of The Handmaid's Tale was produced with the author of the book…
View More about Women in foreign worlds

Hamilton aims for the sky

There's a song by the comedy band Tripod with a line that goes: "I always get into stuff/ Just as it's finishing being cool...", and embarrassingly this often applies to me. A couple of years ago I listened to the first song of the (Alexander) Hamilton musical and thought it was good, but it didn't blow me…
View More about Hamilton aims for the sky

Trump vs Clinton

It's on. Man vs woman. Republican vs Democrat. You may well be fed up with the whole thing by now but if not, we have plenty of reading material on the presidential hopefuls, including Trump's The Art of the Deal. Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of this immensely popular "memoir" of the real estate tycoon gave an astonishing…
View More about Trump vs Clinton

Lumber on an epic scale

I discovered at the weekend with a rapidly beating heart, that one of my all time favourite writers, Annie Proulx, has released a new novel. Thirteen years since her last novel, Barkskins is, by all accounts, a rip snorter. According to what I can glean from good old Mr Google, it is 736 pages long, spanning 3 centuries, and tells…
View More about Lumber on an epic scale

The State of America – Janna Levin, Gloria Steinem, and Thomas Mallon at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Before the Auckland Writers Festival began, possibly even before I finished reading the programme, I'd picked yesterday's The State of America session as a must-see. I'm happy to say that my intuitions were bang on. It was a cracker of a panel, with smart people saying a succession of smart (and sometimes profane) things. Put…
View More about The State of America – Janna Levin, Gloria Steinem, and Thomas Mallon at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016

The sacrifice

Disturbing. Troubling. Uneasy.     These words stayed with me as I read The Sacrifice. This is a sharp and pointy book. It caught my attention. I was curious from the beginning as the first words sent shivers down my spine. Seen my girl? My baby?  She came like a procession of voices though she…
View More about The sacrifice
1 - 9 of 9