Burnt Sugar – Avni Doshi #BookerPrize 2020

'And even now, when I am without her, when I want to be without her, when I know her presence is the source of my unhappiness - that learned longing still rises, that craving for soft, white cotton that has frayed at the edge.' This is an unsettling read, one which charts the intense relationship … Continue reading Burnt Sugar – Avni Doshi #BookerPrize 2020

The Silk Merchant’s Convenient Wife – Elisabeth Hobbes

With The Silk Merchant’s Convenient Wife, Elisabeth Hobbes has shown that she is just as at home writing a Victorian romance as she is with the Medieval period. In this, her tenth novel, we meet Jonathan Harcourt and Aurelia Upford. Both of them have their own reasons for wanting a purely business-like marriage, and Hobbes … Continue reading The Silk Merchant’s Convenient Wife – Elisabeth Hobbes

Dangerous Ages – Rose Macaulay (British Library Women Writers)

Waking on her 43rd birthday, Neville takes a moment to herself. And as most women know, it is these snatched moments of quiet which restore, however briefly, a sense of one’s own identity. ‘Swimming, bread and marmalade, sitting high in a beech tree in the golden eye of the morning sun – that was life. … Continue reading Dangerous Ages – Rose Macaulay (British Library Women Writers)