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Harriet Devine's Blog · 1d ago

Anything is Possible (Shiny Review)

It's not much more than a year ago that I was reviewing Elizabeth Strout's wonderful novel, My Name is Lucy Barton. And here we have a follow up which I loved just as much. I've just reviewe...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 5d ago

The Battle of the Villa Florita by Rumer Godden

I've been reading from my own bookshelves in the past couple of weeks - books that may have been there for years, waiting for their moment. I don't know why I never got around to reading thi...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 1w ago

Woman who can't be bothered to read

This is 'An Idle Afternoon' (1884 )by Julius LeBlanc Stewart (1855-1919), an American artist who spent most of his life in Paris. This could be me, dozing on the sofa - something I seem to d...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 1W ago

Cat Painting

Here's a painting of a cat, for no particular reason except that I love it. My source tells me it is by Henriëtte Ronner-Knip (31 May 1821, Amsterdam – 28 February 1909, Ixelles), a Dutch-Be...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 1W ago

Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay (Audible)

I'm having a lot of trouble at the moment finding things I want to read or listen to. Plenty of newly published, or about to be published books continue to appear in the mailbox, but the one...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Woman Reading

This is 'An Evening at Home' by Edward John Poynter (1836-1919). I've been posting these paintings more or less weekly for years - I love seeking them out and enjoy it when friends send me s...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Woman Reading

Here's a rather fascinating painting by the Japanese artist Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924). He was 'noted for bringing Western theories about art to a wide Japanese audience' according to Wikipedi...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 3W ago

Murder on Brittany Shores by Jean-Luc Bannalec

Back in 2014 I reviewed Jean-Luc Bannalec's first novel, Death in Pont Aven, for Shiny New Books (here). I'd enjoyed it quite a lot, though as I said in the review my pleasure was augmented ...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 4W ago

Woman Reading

Here's a little known (to me at least) painting by a very well-known artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). Painted in about 1880, it's called 'Young Woman Reading an Illustrated Journal...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 1M ago

The Journeying Boy by Michael Innes (Audible)

Earlier this month I was telling you about an enjoyable Audible book, From London Far by Michael Innes. I said then that I couldn't abandon Innes after that one novel, and I went straight on...