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The Binding – Book Review

The Binding is a novel which immediately seduces. Like the hardback books of the nineteenth century, it has deckle edging, thick-cut paper and an embossed spine – its bronze, navy blue and glossy gold cover will entice you with its strikingly classic yet magical design. The first adult novel from acclaimed London-based writer and playwright Bridget… Continue reading The Binding – Book Review

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Strange Beautiful Excitement

It has been a few months since I last wrote a blog post – I have been learning how to navigate life with a full-time job – but in that time I've tried new craft projects, rediscovered my love of research, and have, of late, been entirely obsessed with Katherine Mansfield.

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Rediscovering Reading

In 1911, Katherine Mansfield was 23 years old. I have loved her writing ever since I first studied her short stories at the precarious age of seventeen. My English teacher offered us a bite-sized selection to read – Her First Ball, Miss Brill and The Woman at the Store – and enquired afterwards, ‘what do the stories make you feel?’.

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Janet Frame and the Ida Valley

During the summer of my first year at Victoria University, I worked alongside my father in the lupin-covered landscape of Ōtūrehua. Home to Brian Turner and little else (population: twenty-seven), the Central Otago ‘so-called middle of nowhere’[i] town had its heyday in the late nineteenth century. Not keen on bringing the populace up to twenty-nine, my father and I rented a cottage in the nearby gold-rush town of Naseby.