Sex Power Money by Sara Pascoe
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I now know more than I ever needed to about pornography. Also I had always meant to watch the film Indecent Proposal, but never got round to it. I don’t need to now. Sara covered it perfectly!
Platform Seven by Louise Doughty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A cracking psychological thriller and ghost story. I love railway stations- all those different people with their different lives passing through every day, so I liked the perspective of Lisa as a ghost living on the station and watching those people- workers and passengers alike- observing their daily lives, discovering as we all know that everything is not always as it seems on the surface. Lisa- it was terrifying seeing your life slowly disintegrate. Matty- I wanted to punch you!
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The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Gothic fiction at its most dark and disturbing. In fact this really did disturb me. Everything about it was horrifying. The triple oppression of the West Indian gay woman. The pompous and cruel male domination experienced by all the women in the novel. The terrifying scientific experiments that far exceeded my imagination. The mad woman in the attic. I haven’t read anything like this since my literature degree. Hated it but couldn’t put it down. It was compulsive reading.
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A few of my favourite New Year words from the literary world as we see out the old decade and welcome in the new.
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot, ‘Four Quartets‘
“The only way to spend New Year’s Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.”
— W.H. Auden
“I do think New Year’s resolutions can’t technically be expected to begin on New Year’s Day, don’t you? Since, because it’s an extension of New Year’s Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year’s Day isn’t a good idea as you can’t eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.”
— Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary
Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.
Happy 2020 to everyone. Milly.,
‘And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One’