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Started by Talulah, really!, October 04, 2017, 10:07:22 PM
Quote from: Artie Fufkin on December 21, 2021, 11:45:31 AMI've just started reading Follow You Home by Mark Edwards.Read about the first 30 pages. Not the best writing, but keeping me interested.Pulp horror kinda thang.
Quote from: Twit 2 on January 11, 2022, 08:19:43 PMI read Bob Mortimer's autobiography, as I got it for Christmas. Lovely to hear about his working class upbringing and solicitor years (lots of interesting stuff here), but once he gets famous it just peters out. Some of it is astonishingly banal and poorly written, and that's after the editor/ghost-writer has punched it up. Still loved reading it because it's Bob, but yeesh, celeb autobiographies really are the bottom of the literary barrel. Cellini/Berlioz (to name my two favourite autobiographies) it ain't.
Quote from: shagatha crustie on January 17, 2022, 06:23:20 PMBeyond Black by Hilary Mantel Having previously only really known Mantel as 'that one who wrote Wolf Hall that everyone went on about,' I've recently been alerted to her talents beyond historical fiction. The short story collection The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher was interesting enough but (I thought) broadly hit and miss, so I was ready to give up there, but was lent Beyond Black and it's brilliant. So much more energy and enthusiasm than in the short stories, several of which felt like first drafts.It's about a spiritual medium and her assistant and their work in the wake of Princess Diana's death. With its magical realism, dark humour and focus on a larger-than-life female 'performer' it's reminding me somewhat of Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter, but much bleaker. It brilliantly co-articulates the nothingy 'edgelands' just outside London with the existence of a supernatural realm that is all the more malevolent and frightening for its mundanity and similarity to the 'living' world. The writing is spry, witty and brutal in places, with an undercurrent of anger; it troubles the line between ghostly manifestations and the actual psychological 'hauntings' of childhood trauma.
Quote from: Artie Fufkin on January 18, 2022, 02:14:36 PMWell, fuck my old boots. I read this when it first came out (paperback), and I've only clicked that it was Mantel. I mean, I knew it was written by Mantel at the time, but I didn't know who Mantel was back then (obvs), and I'd subsequently forgotten it was Mantel.I remember struggling a little with it, but appreciated it was written well. I liked her pervy ghost companion(?). Can't really remember a lot about it now.I do remember buying it specifically for the cover.
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