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A to Z Challenge: M is for “Murder at the Vicarage”

M is for “Murder at the Vicarage” by Agatha Christie.  Agatha Christie has long been a favourite of mine.  I love the little English villages where Miss Marple puts her understanding of human nature little play to find out who dunnit.  And I like the quirkiness and idiosyncrasies of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian private detective. “Murder at the Vicarage” has a fine bunch of characters- … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: M is for “Murder at the Vicarage”

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A to Z Challenge: L is for “Lytton Strachey”

L is for “Lytton Strachey: The New Biography” by Michael Holroyd. I love reading about anyone in theloomsbury group and Lytton Strachey was a founding member of the set. Strachey was a British writer and critic who wrote “Eminent Victorians”, a book covering the lives of four Victorians. Strachey wrote a new kind of biography with an emphasis on psychological insight and sympathy. He was … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: L is for “Lytton Strachey”

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A to Z challenge: K is for Kept in the Dark

K is for “Kept in the Dark” by Anthony Trollope.  I read this book back in 1998 so I had to go to Google to refresh my mind.  This is not one of Trollope’s better known books but any Trollope book has to be a winner with me. The story is about a young married couple in the late 1800’s who break up when the … Continue reading A to Z challenge: K is for Kept in the Dark

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A to Z Challenge: J is for Jean Rhys

J is for “Jean Rhys; Life and Work” by Carole Angier. One of my favourite books is “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys. This is a prequel to Jane Eyre, and tells the story of Rochester’s mad wife in the attic. It covers her childhood in the Caribbean and her marriage to a man who does not understand her and her culture.  I usually avoid … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: J is for Jean Rhys

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A to Z Challenge: I is for In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays

I is for In Praise of Messy : Essays by Katie Roiphe, one of my favourite modern writers.  This book is a collection of ten essays on topics as diverse as incest literature, Joan Dideon, Hillary Clinton, and her own unconventional life. Perhaps I like Katie Roiphe because I do not know what to expect from her- or perhaps I do-I expect the unconventional view.  … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: I is for In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays

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D is for “Death on the Nile”

Agatha Christie has long been a favourite of mine.  I love novels about sleepy little English villages with Miss Marple and tales set in more Cosmopolitan settings with Hercule Poirot, or vice versa.  The characters seem like old friends; we have met people with their virtues and foibles.  We can settle back with a cup of tea, an afghan, and an old paperback,  and read … Continue reading D is for “Death on the Nile”

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B is for “Byron’s Daughter: A Biography of Elizabeth Medora Leigh”

Lord Byron had three daughters – Ada Lovelace, his daughter by his wife Isabella Milbanke, Allegra  Byron by his lover, Claire Clairmont, and Medora by his half-sister, Augusta Leigh. Although Medora took the surname of her mother’s husband, George Leigh, it is commonly believed that Lord Byron was her father. I am fascinated by the poets Shelley and Byron, not so much by their poetry … Continue reading B is for “Byron’s Daughter: A Biography of Elizabeth Medora Leigh”