The Irish Family: Kate O’Brien, Anakana Schofield, and Lisa McInerney

2017-09-18T10:58:03-05:00

These are the kinds of stories which expose the imperfections which lie beneath a carefully smoothed comforter. Honest characterization is key, Lisa McInerney explains to Marie Gethins,: "There is absolutely no element or aspect of their characters’ lives a writer should shy away from presenting, no matter how unpleasant.

The Irish Family: Kate O’Brien, Anakana Schofield, and Lisa McInerney2017-09-18T10:58:03-05:00

Christine Longford’s Making Conversation Persephone No. 83 (1931)

2014-03-09T12:19:39-05:00

Making Conversation is, for me, one of those Persephones, like Miss Pettigrew and Miss Buncle, that are readily recommendable: it’s the sort of book that will appeal to a wide variety of readers and has little to discourage. And, just as these books do have more serious ideas beneath their

Christine Longford’s Making Conversation Persephone No. 83 (1931)2014-03-09T12:19:39-05:00

Virago Holtby’s Poor Caroline VMC No. 192 (1931)

2014-02-27T15:29:04-05:00

Even though it was described as "easily the wittiest novel of the season" when it was published in 1931, I wasn't expecting to find Poor Caroline so amusing. Not laugh-out-loud hilarity, no, but many quiet chuckles, gentle hrumphs, and the occasional indignant snort at Mr. Johnson's impressions of women, which

Virago Holtby’s Poor Caroline VMC No. 192 (1931)2014-02-27T15:29:04-05:00
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