This article is part of Kate Mitchell's blog tour to promote her debut novel. Kate is a student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her first novel, Aureole, has just been published. Here she talks about the pressures and everyday realities of being both a student and a new author. This article is part of… Continue reading Guest Post by author Kate Mitchell
Another great writer from the Penguin Bloggers Night, Nell Leyshon read from ‘The Colour of Milk’ with real feeling and engaged us all. Read Hannah’s review on her blog Writing About Books – it’s really rather good.
this is my book and i am writing it by my own hand.(…) my name is mary and I have learned to spell it. m. a. r. y. that is how you letter it.
On the very first page of Nell Leyshons newest bok, The Colour of Milk, we are introduced to the protagonist who, writing in first person is writing it by her own hand. Do not be scared off by this assumed tautology, but rest assured that it is set in 1831 and even if Jane Austen took it for granted to write not everybody else did. Definitely not hardworking fifteen-year-old farm girl Mary, whose hair I think it will surprise no one to learn is the colour of milk.
As Mary’s life is gradually introduced to us, it appears it was not easy to be her. With a truly horrible father, who beats his daughters…
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This is a guest post by Hannah Gillow Kloster. The Penguin Book Bloggers night was, as host Joe Pickering suggested, a whirlwind literary festival: 12 authors, 12 novels, three minutes each. One of the readings that most captured my attention was Nat Segnit reading from his novel Pub Walks in Underhill Country. Hilariously describing a small marital spat in… Continue reading Pub Walks in Underhill Country by Nat Segnit (Guest Post)
This is a guest post written by Hannah Gillow Kloster. When I picked up (by which I mean downloaded for free and converted to Kindle) my copy (file) of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, I knew almost nothing about the book. I knew about Truman Capote, of course. I also saw Phillip Seymour Hoffman in London once.… Continue reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Guest Post)
This is a guest post written by Hannah Gillow Kloster. The day Dan Rhodes' last work, Little Hands Clapping, was released I hopped on a train to London and went straight to Waterstone's at Trafalgar Square. Upon arrival I cast a cursory glance around the shop, marched up to the counter and demanded "Do you have… Continue reading This is Life by Dan Rhodes (Guest Post)
This is a guest post written by Hannah Gillow Kloster. Dan Rhodes' latest novel, Little Hands Clapping, was published amid great expectations in 2010,following successes such as Little White Car, Timoleon Vieta Come Home and Gold, perhaps my personal favourite. I have had the good fortune to have met Dan a few times, and he is one of… Continue reading Little Hands Clapping by Dan Rhodes (Guest Post)
This is a guest post written by Meg Hayes Fisher. ‘It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life that it purloined. Over the years, as the memory of Sophie Mol ... slowly faded, the Loss of Sophie Mol grew robust and… Continue reading The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Guest Post)
This is a guest post written by Hannah Gillow Kloster. Franz Kafka’s The Trial is one of those perennial works that everyone has heard of, and "read". Well, I bought the book four years ago (I wrote my name and the year in the copy, thinking to impress my future self by remembering I was "only" 19… Continue reading The Trial by Franz Kafka (Guest Post)
This is a guest post written by Meg Hayes Fisher. I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am. Having been a thoroughly invested fan of Sylvia Plath’s poetry since I first came across my mum’s battered copy of Ariel, I was apprehensive about… Continue reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Guest Post)
This is a guest post written by Hannah Gillow Kloster. As a huge fan of Jeffrey Eugenides' previous works, I was looking forward to reading his latest major novel, The Marriage Plot. On its blurb, the book purports to be about an English Major writing her thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, whilst around… Continue reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (Guest Post)