Here are some of my favourite blog posts of the moment:
- Giovanna’s World:
“I recently reviewed this [My Last Duchess] for heat magazine, but it’s so good that I want those of you not in the UK to hear about it too”
These are some of my favourite reads of the moment:
One of the most brilliantly put together books I have ever read. Full of twists and turns. Every time I read it I notice something else.
This is a graphic novel about therapy, which sounds weird but actually works really well. Compulsory reading for anyone who has ever considered therapy. A clear, funny look at what therapists do.
This is the first in a series of detective stories set in nineteenth century Istanbul featuring the eunuch detective Yashim. Beautifully written and deftly plotted. I would say this even if he wasn’t my brother.
I love Barbara Pym and this is her absolute best. I think she is one of the few novelists to rival Jane Austen for comic timing and razor-sharp social comedy.
A fascinating biography of Consuelo Vanderbilt and her domineering mother Alva. Money really can’t buy you love.
This is one of my favourite novels ever. Tart and romantic, it is a wonderfully subte depiction of a man who only wants what he can’t have.
A fabulous blast of Clearasil-scented 70s nostalgia. I wasn’t a David Cassidy fan like the heroine, but I wore the ponchos and the platforms.
I was chair of the Orange Prize in 2010 and this was the book we chose to win. It is a gloriously layered book about identity, belonging and courage and has cameo performances by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky. I can’t wait to read it again.
If you haven’t read Tey then I envy you as she has written some of the cleverest detective stories around. Every bit as good as Christie and Sayers, this book about a schoolgirl who claims to have been kidnapped by an elderly woman and her daughter is quite gripping.
I love all Duffy’s poetry but this volume which imagines the thoughts of the wives behind famous men such as Shakespeare and Icarus is quite glorious.