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China through fiction

I have long been intrigued by the China I have met through fiction, from Nobel Prize Winning Novelist Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth, to John Hersey’s A Single Pebble and Jung Chang’s Wild Swans, as distinguished examples. And now I … Continue reading

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My Favourite Book

“What is your all-time favourite book?” I asked. We were chatting about reading and writing, as one does. Answers were as varied as the people present: Lord of the Rings, said one; Pride and Prejudice, said another; Compton Mackenzie’s Sinister … Continue reading

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These “quiet psychological novels”

I have just re-read Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger, which won the 1987 Booker Prize, and then her much later The Photograph (2007), because they are on my shelves and reading her is like chatting with an old friend. Ah yes, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Women at St John’s

Just back from a great celebration of 2000 women at St John’s College, Oxford. Somewhat disconcerting to consider that 2000 men at St John’s was a milestone reached several hundred years ago, while the first women were only admitted in … Continue reading

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