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Dotter of her Father's Eyes by Mary M Talbot and Bryan Talbot

A deserving Winner of the Costa Biography award, this book is a revelation. If you have never read a graphic novel or indeed a graphic memoir as this is, then give this a try. Intertwining her own childhood and the relationship between her and her father; Joycean scholar James S. Atherton with the relationship between Joyce and his daughter Lucia, this is a wonderful portrait of difficult relationships and growing up female in the twentieth century. Bryan Talbot is well established as a comic book writer and artist but it is Mary M Talbot’s first foray into the area, she is most famous for her books on language and gender, having taught at a number of universities, she is now a freelance writer. The book is sometimes sad but it is also funny and fiercely intelligent. The pairing of the writing and illustration is often painfully poignant particularly as it touches on Lucia’s declining mental health mirrored in James Atherton's own decline. There is a love of language and reading e…

Ch Ch Ch Changes

Hey there I am making some changes to the blog and I hope you all like what you see. I would love any feedback. It is a work in progress and I will be changing and tweaking as I go. I will hopefully be blogging more often and on a range of different topics including media, culture, movies, feminism, parenting and literature as well as writing book reviews. I will also be blogging about writing and maybe even including some previews and stories. Stay in touch. Enjoy the Bowie video below.


Ch Ch Ch Changes


The Engagement

Liese Campbell is an Architect from London who has fled the recession in search of work in Australia. She accepts a tedious job with her uncle as an Estate Agent based in Melbourne. Through her work she meets Alexander Colquhoun a handsome and wealthy rancher looking for a city crash pad. To amuse herself and make some extra money Liese starts sleeping with Alexander for money. When he invites her to his remote property for the weekend she sees no reason to say no. However while Liese thinks she has been playing the game by her rules she soon learns that all is not as it seems.  Chloe Hooper has cleverly subverted the Gothic Drama of the girl trapped in the big house by a handsome charismatic man. Here the girl is no innocent but sexually blasé and desperate for money. As in the gothic drama she depends on him financially and by going to the remote farmhouse a rambling Victorian mansion she comes to depend on him for everything food, water, clothes. She uses her sexuality to try and ap…

New Reviews Coming Soon

Some books which I am currently reading or have recently finished. I shall be adding reviews for these titles over the next week or two.

Housewife with a Half-life by A.B. Wells

Wild Irish Women by Marian Broderick

The Visitor by Maeve Brennan

The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O'Bryan

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

Dotter of her Father's Eyes by Bryan & Mary Talbot

The Engagement by Chloe Hooper

The Woman Reader by Belinda Jack
Hereward the Devil's Army by James Wilde

An Interview with Laura Jane Cassidy author of Angel Kiss and Eighteen Kisses

1. Did you always want to write?
I wanted to be a writer from a very young age. When I was in fourth class we had to write an essay for school entitled When I am Twenty-One and the opening line of my essay was:
When I am twenty-one I want to be an actress or a writer. I left drama school to work on Angel Kiss, so that essay was strangely prolific.
2. What was your favourite book as a child?
Roald Dahl’s Matilda was my favourite book as a child and is probably still my favourite book, although it’s so hard to pick just one. I also adore Pride and Prejudice, The Lovely Bones and WutheringHeights. Recent favourites include The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Fault in Our Stars.
3. When/where/how do you find the time to write? (do you have a separate writing desk or room?)
I write full-time so I’m almost always writing or thinking about writing. I wrote the first drafts of all my books in my bedroom. I can pretty much write anywhere – in my house, in coffee shops, on the train. I don’t need…