A Ray of Darkness

Pippa Marland finds in this classic female autobiography, endorsed by current international epilepsy neurologists, an unrelenting commitment to honesty

PUBLISHED ON: 02/08/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Pippa Marland finds in this classic female autobiography, endorsed by current international epilepsy neurologists and representing startlingly contemp …

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Painting the Beauty Queens Orange: Women’s Lives in the 70s

Jemma L King, a former Miss Wales finalist, is enchanted to read a prose anthology which explores a quiet revolution of rural entrepreneurship, decimalisation and cultural throwbacks such as the Miss Prestatyn pageant

PUBLISHED ON: 02/08/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jemma L King, a former Miss Wales finalist, is enchanted to read a prose anthology which explores a quiet revolution of rural entrepreneurship, decima …

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The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes our Lives

Ed Garland finds fascinating this tour through the musical past, which is also a poignant account of loss

PUBLISHED ON: 28/04/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Museum of Portable Sound will bring you into contact with an extensive collection of strange sonic entities. You can listen to an old MiniDisc pla …

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Planet Blues

PUBLISHED ON: 26/04/22

CATEGORY: Essays, Feature length, Reviews, review-essay

It’s early winter. I’ve just been for a walk in a field. It’s part of the large estate that surrounds my home – a rented, retired 1830s farmhouse – an …

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The Listening Project

Ed Garland is inspired by a hybrid form of fiction built from and creatively perceived through restricted signals, exploring varieties of listening and sensory experience

PUBLISHED ON: 01/03/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Listening Project follows the life of a woman called Imogen, whose difficulties arise both from her hearing loss and from family tensions over her …

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The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class

Dan Bradley discusses the interplay of conflicted identity and depression in cultural practitioners, caused by social mobility, ambition and capitalism

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

In this ambitious and moving work – a hybrid of memoir, polemic and cultural criticism – the US poet and academic explores the ‘melancholia’ of the wo …

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The Amazingly Astonishing Story

Angela Graham has never read anything which so successfully speaks from a child protagonist’s perspective, she writes of this memoir

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Young Lucy would never write a boring book but one that transfixed people with a powerful story. It would deserve a swashbuckling name, such as ‘The A …

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Yew for Two

As the tree-felling season once again approaches, and in Part 2 of his 1960 autobiographical notes, Jim Pratt moves on from Osbaston to another piece of ancient woodland in Monmouth Forest

PUBLISHED ON: 10/11/21

CATEGORY: Column, Memoir

As the tree-felling season once again approaches, and in Part 2 of his 1960 autobiographical notes (Well laid Hedges and Cider) Jim Pratt moves on fro …

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Dare to Do: Taking on the Planet by Bike and Boat

Amy Aed takes a fast-paced global journey, with record-breaking adventurer Sarah Outen, which doesn’t shy away from mental distress

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Dare to Do is a fast-paced, engaging travel memoir by rower and adventurer,Sarah Outen, following her journey as she cycles, kayaks and rows across Eu …

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Jim Neat: The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck

Desi Tsvetkova concludes that this hybrid novel/confessional narrative poem is an exceptional piece of literature

PUBLISHED ON: 05/05/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Mary J Oliver’s father passed away in 1983, but it isn’t until twenty-five years later that a spark ignites inside the author, urging her to find out …

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