Eyres and places — Calmgrove

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has been the subject of much discussion and I won’t pretend that I’m going to add anything novel or groundbreaking to those conversations; all I can do is say what strikes me as interesting or enlightening, in the hope that you too may find it so — even if you disagree […]

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Joan Aiken for Grown Ups…! — Joan Aiken

“It was dusk, winter dusk – snow lay white and shining over the pleated hills…” Does this sound familiar? The opening lines of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase could almost describe a scene from Joan Aiken’s first adult novel, The Silence of Herondale first published just two years after her most famous children’s classic. The […]

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Tales within tales — Calmgrove

Ursula K Le Guin A Fisherman of the Inland Sea: Stories Harper Perennial 2005 Ursula Le Guin is best known for her fantasy and her science fiction writings, though she also writes other fiction as well as poetry, articles and reviews. The short stories in this 1994 collection, while firmly in the SF genre, also […]

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Friday story: 9) Underneath the Stars — Cath Barton

This is a little story which I started in Italy in May, in the wonderful flash fiction course with Kathy Fish, Nancy Stohlman and a bunch of other talented writers. Here’s the beautiful soundtrack which inspired it and from which it takes its title: Underneath the Stars Cath Barton He still looks for her at the tail end […]

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5-Star Books in 5 Words — Calmgrove

Fellow bloggers Imyril and Bookforager recommended this meme (though they didn’t originate it themselves) so I thought it a fun task for a post here. Maybe it’s one which may inspire you to attempt something similar. 1. Choose 5 books which you gave 5 stars [I’ve chosen fantasy titles books, read in 2019, which I […]

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“An independent will” — Calmgrove

Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Michael Mason Penguin Classics 1996 (1847) Charlotte Brontë’s breakout novel, first published in three volumes, is now such a well-known classic, its story often summarised, discussed, filmed, retold, that any attempt I now make to précis it is, frankly, redundant. So I shan’t even […]

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Thorny text — Calmgrove

Though fans of the famed Currer Bell Were abashed to be told, “He’s a gel,” They got in such pickles When she wed Arthur Nicholls: “Bell, Nicholls, or Brontë? Pray tell!” There are some books I read straight through, almost without taking breath. They mightn’t necessarily be light fodder but the forward impetus or sheer […]

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