Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

“Whoever has emerged victorious participates to this day in the triumphal procession in which current rulers step over those who are lying prostrate. According to traditional practice, the spoils are carried along in the procession. They are called cultural treasures, and a historical materialist views them with cautious detachment. For without exception the cultural treasures […]

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Review: King of Scars

Warning: spoilers ahead *** *** This book starts off slowly, which made me slightly anxious. That’s not to say the beginning is bad, but it did feel slightly anticlimactic, especially following all of the hype that has surrounded King of Scars from the moment it was announced. It’s in a tricky position; set in a […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and since 2018, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.   The Subversive Stitch by Rozsika Parker In this fascinating study, Rozsika Parker traces a hidden history–the shifting notions of femininity and female social roles–by unraveling the history of embroidery from medieval times […]

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Long books are the best

I’m tired of seeing All those pamphlets in bookshops. You know the ones: Pieces of paper stapled together With a block colour cover and fancy lettering. Give me a doorstopper A brick that will weigh down my bag And crush my packed lunch crisp packet. Paperback, not hardback though I’m not completely insane   by […]

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