Tag Archives: women’s lives

Ice by Anna Kavan

First published: 1967 (Peter Owen paperback 2006) My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “I felt a fearful sense of pressure and urgency, there was no time to lose, I was wasting time; it was a … Continue reading

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Ice Road by Gillian Slovo

First Published: 2004 by Little, Brown (Virago ed. 2005) My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “But there is a limit to the things you can hide from yourself and my own limit recently has got smaller. I’ve learned … Continue reading

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Armadale by Wilkie Collins

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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When Nights Were Cold by Susanna Jones

Published: 2012 by Mantle My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “Surely, I thought, if my father could travel through the tropics and into the Arctic Circle, if my neighbour could reach the Antarctic and walk on ice, if Frank … Continue reading

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She Rises by Kate Worsley

Published: 2013 by Bloomsbury My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “When you stopped and pointed to where the estuary meets the sea, showed me how, when the tide is on the turn, the movement of the water stills. Watch, … 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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On the Proper Use of Stars by Dominique Fortier

Translated from French by Shelia Fischman Published: 2010 by McClelland & Stewart My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “As for me, I have gone to the end of the Earth, I have fallen into the void where there are … Continue reading

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Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

First Published: 2011 by Faber and Faber My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “We adult females do not weep quite as often as some novelists would have you believe; we tend to be made of sterner stuff.” Thoughts: This, … Continue reading

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The Whore’s Asylum by Katy Darby

First Published: 2012 by Penguin My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “I have often considered that the attraction of any prison for idle visitors must be one with that of the bedlam and the graveyard; the fortunate fact that, … Continue reading

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Dance The Moon Down by R.L. Bartram

First Published: 2011 by Authors Online My copy: Supplied to me free of charge by the author, in return for an honest review Memorable quote: “In her headlong pursuit of information, she was soon to discover that behind the peaceful … Continue reading

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