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‘This universal summer of discontent’: revisiting childhood books in lockdown

I travel the 540.6 miles on the Cross Country train back home. The summer has already felt too long, too hazy and disappointing – the image of melted ice cream in a stale cone – but it is only July 3rd. And now another two months spent back in my room (my childhood room) filled […]

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Lockdown Literature Challenge: collapsed time and everyday cycles in Banana Yoshimoto’s ‘Amrita’

That resplendent space created by a piece of fiction can really expand the width of time… Clearly there is a spot somewhere inside our heads that records the feelings we had when we read the book, and it stays with us forever. I thought, like so many, that this sudden abundance of time meant I […]