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[10 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 1,165 views]
Charlotte Bronte, “Jane Eyre”

Bleak, heart wrenching, desolate, glorious Jane Eyre.
She’s the original queen of bouncebackability and god bless her because she gets what she wants in the end. She is an inspirational role model.
I first tried to read this when I was nine years old, I didn’t finish and I forever remember it as a really challenging book. But in fact it’s a flowing, good read, with lots of interesting relationships, intelligent reflections and passion, as well as cold, bare board floors and drizzly moors.
Books like Wide Sargasso Sea have given …

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, Short Stories

I found this little book hanging around the flat and devoured it one evening with a bottle of red (I think Fitzy would have appreciated that).
It’s a compilation put together for The Daily Telegraph that includes: Babylon Revisited, The Cut-Glass Bowl, The Lost Decade.
Fitzgerald is a master at firing your senses for a decadent, glittering lifestyle, fanning your interest with mysterious, sexy relationships and then drowning the whole illusion with disappointment, decay and wantonness. His conclusions don’t sizzle they just fade out. Reading Fitzgerald can only educate you …

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Paul Theroux, “Dark Star Safari”

This was my first Theroux and the start of a major love affair.
Paul is a keen and experienced traveller with a strong preference for staying away from major cities and doing things the local way. His observations as he travels overland, North to South, across the continent of Africa, are magic. You can smell the countries.
I never wanted this book to end and I’m excited about chowing my way through the rest of Theroux’s catalogue.
In a fit of generosity, or maybe ridiculousness, I book …

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Anthony Kiedis, “Scar Tissue”

Famously, Kiedis doesn’t hold back in this auto biography at all. While the band works further into the spotlight evolving their sound & style, Kiedis is tracking his own journey, sometimes with the band and always accompanied by one or more of his favourite vices: alcohol, drugs & girls.
His interactions with numerous girls are tender, they’re hardcore, they’re ridiculous but you do feel he’s a romantic, almost a dependent at the heart of it. The drugs & booze are full on and you have to wonder how a …