Update on the Arts June 2020

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It seems like a long time since I reported on books that I have read / movies and plays I have seen recently, so the following is a report on the reading and viewing that I did over Levels 4, 3 and 2. Viewing?  Almost nothing – no plays (apart from some excellent productions on line, including an outstanding version … Read More

Update On The Arts February 2020

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BOOKS READ I spent the holiday period (December and January) perusing everyone’s ‘best of 2019’ lists (especially in the Guardian, the New York Times and the NZ Listener) and reading the novels that ‘crossed over’ many of these lists.  In all, I read 13 novels in this period. My favourites, by far, were all by American writers and two of … Read More

Update on The Arts October 2019

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I spent most of October reading the six short-listed novels for the 2019 Man Booker Prize: ‘The Testaments’ (Margaret Atwood); ‘Ducks, Newburyport’ (Lucy Ellmann); ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ (Bernadine Evaristo); ‘An Orchestra of Minorities’ (Chigozie Obioma); ‘Quichotte’ ( Salman Rushdie); ‘10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World’ (Elif Shafak).   I commented on some of these in my last book blog, … Read More