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The Green Road by Anne Enright

“The old home town looks the same as I step down from the train, and there to meet me is my Mama and Papa.” – The Green Green Grass of Home The Green Road by Anna Enright has been a strange experience, I both loved it and felt indifferent. It follows Rosaleen and her four […]

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The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

Translated by Misha Hoeskstra, illustrated by Lucie Arnoux. When I have encountered fairy tales, they have been of the Disney persuasion, dark tales wrapped up in bright colours and sentiment. This was fine as a child, when the mere hint of reality frightened me, but as an adult I prefer to see the twisted beginnings […]

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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie is the first book in my quest to read The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. “The Portable Veblen is a dazzlingly original novel that’s as big-hearted as it is laugh-out-loud funny. Set in and around Palo Alto, amid the culture clash of new money and old (antiestablishment) values, and […]