Suspend Your Disbelief

Suspend Your Disbelief

Whenever my husband and I watch movies with a plot relating to a commercial airplane – Sully and Air Force One are favourites – he can’t help whispering in my ear during the movie: “They can’t do that in real life.” Commercial pilots will be the first to tell you...
Perfect Winter Reads

Perfect Winter Reads

I swapped my sandals for fur-lined boots when I moved with my family from Australia to Europe in 2008 and we began celebrating Christmas in wintertime. During the coldest, darkest days of the year, our home is filled with cosy tea lights, we snuggle under blankets...
The Scattergun Approach

The Scattergun Approach

I’ve been jumping around like a jackrabbit when it comes to reading during the past year. One week I’m delving into The Europeans by Henry James then I’m switching centuries to read about modern-day émigrés in Janice Lee’s The Expatriates. I burrow into Renaissance...
Classics

Classics

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read Pride and Prejudice. I discover something new on each reading: a witticism from Elizabeth or a snipe from Mrs Bennett that I hadn’t fully appreciated during an earlier reading. Classic novels never lose their appeal,...
Short and Succinct

Short and Succinct

I have turned to short stories for my reading fix of late. The long dark days of winter and enforced isolation due to the pandemic sees me wandering around my house, completing tasks while listening to stories by Shirley Jackson, Ian McEwan and Elizabeth McCracken. I...

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