Miscellanea

I’m a nightmare to buy books for. If I really want to read it, nine times out of ten I’ll already have it; if I don’t really want to read it…well, there’s always a permanent backlog of ones I really do want to read next to my bed.  I’m even worse when it comes to … More Miscellanea

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (translated by Michelle Hutchinson)

Most week-nights, Hubby and I cuddle up in front of the TV for an hour before bedtime. Topical comedy shows mostly, or sporting highlights, although we sometimes stumble across a drama series on iPlayer, which is how we got into Wallander – the British TV series adapted from Swedish novelist Henning Manning’s novels starring Kenneth … More The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (translated by Michelle Hutchinson)

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (translated by Marilyn Booth)

I was nineteen when I first came across the story of Patient Griselda, within the Clerk’s Tale in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. For those who don’t know the story, Griselda’s husband sets out to test her obedience, first by removing their two children at birth, supposedly to have them killed, then by throwing her out … More Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (translated by Marilyn Booth)