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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 […]