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The White Hotel D.M. Thomas First published in 1981
“Loosely inspired by the case histories of some of Sigmund Freud’s female patients, “The White Hotel” is an idiosyncratic and erudite piece of fiction.
I read it many years ago, and will almost certainly never do so again, because the book’s recounting of events in 1941 Kiev is the most [ . . . ]
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The Burial Jennifer Lash First published in 1961
John Wetherell says:
“I can’t remember the plot at all. There was a woman who loved geraniums. But the atmosphere is with me vividly, and the personality of the narrator (1st person).
One of the author’s poems (Seventh Song from her Suffolk Song Cycle) appeared as Poem of the Week in The Independent newspaper [ . . . ]
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Bing Bang Boing Ideal Inc. Released in 1972
Kona Macphee says:
“When I was aged 3 or 4, Andrew who lived next door was given the classic 70s game Bing Bang Boing.
One of my most vivid early childhood memories is sitting in his living room and watching the balls bounce along their little trampolines. I was entranced, and ferociously envious that he [ . . . ]
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Poems 1980-2008 Jan Owen John Leonard Press, 2008
Tony Linde says:
“My recommendation is the poetry of Jan Owen. I’d not come across her before a trip to Australia and New Zealand last winter. Whenever I’m there, I look out for literature, especially poetry, published there that we don’t get over here. This time, I went into Dymock’s in Adelaide [ . . . ]
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Life After Birth Kate Figes First published in 1998
Polly Clark says:
“This honest, fulsome, generous and rigorous examination of what happens when a woman becomes a mother was a life-changing document for me when I had a baby.
I seemed to enter a world of half-truths, compromises and downright lies, and this book (alongside a few others, such [ . . . ]
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Dogs In Space Directed by Richard Lowenstein First released in 1986
Kona Macphee says:
“Probably best known for featuring the late Michael Hutchence of INXS, Richard Lowenstein’s apparently semi-autobiographical film “Dogs In Space” is an ensemble piece set in a chaotic Melbourne share-house / squat in 1979.
It’s by no means a perfect film, but it features an awesomely eclectic [ . . . ]
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Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman As told to Ralph Leighton First published in 1985
Patrick Andrews says:
“A flatmate of mine once handed me his copy of this book, two days before my second-year exams. He was studying International Relations, so he had plenty of time to read whatever the hell he liked. I was studying Engineering, so I did [ . . . ]
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