Tag Archives: non-fiction

Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard by Sara Wheeler

Every Friday, in Brushing off the Dust, I revisit one of the many older book reviews written before I founded this blog. Here, I try to prioritise those titles that have really stayed with with me, or which have shaped … Continue reading

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Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski

Published: 1998 by Granta My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “If I trace it back, that wish for a whiteout began with the idea of being an inmate in a psychiatric hospital. Not during my first … Continue reading

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The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Every Friday, in Brushing off the Dust, I revisit one of the many older book reviews written before I founded this blog. Here, I try to prioritise those titles that have really stayed with with me, or which have shaped … Continue reading

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Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler

Introducing: Brushing Off the Dust!  Old reviews revisited. Before I launched this current public blog I used to write and share book reviews with a small circle of friends elsewhere. I discovered some of my all-time favourite reads during this … Continue reading

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Pole Dance by Tom Avery

Published: 2004 by Orion Books My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “Although I can partially relate to how Shackleton felt about his own performance, I find it astonishing that he managed to hold himself together. … Continue reading

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The Voyage of The Discovery by Captain Scott

First Published: 1905 (Wordsworth Classics edition 2009) My copy: bought new in paperback Memorable quote: “The scene is so rarely beautiful that on the hilltops one seems to breathe inspiration from the keen air, and one’s thoughts are compelled to … Continue reading

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The Baby Matrix by Laura Carroll

Published: 2012 by LiveTrue Books My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “Without expectations, the bond between marriage and parenthood is fully released from pronatalist grips. Couples are free to choose whether they want parenthood to be part of their … Continue reading

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Polar Wives by Kari Herbert

First Published: 2012 by Greystone Books My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “That was a glorious courageous note… If he in his agony-wracked condition could face it with such sublime fortitude how dare I possibly whine. I will not. … Continue reading

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Rat by Jonathan Burt

Published: 2006 by Reaktion Books My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “Rats have some sort of impact on almost every aspect of human life and culture, from cuisine to religion, from the arts to breeding, from science to sickness. … Continue reading

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