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Harriet Devine's Blog · 4d ago

A Family Reading

Painted in about 1905, this may not be the most beautiful painting I've ever posted on here, but I believe its the first one by a member of the British peerage. Yes, the painter is George Ho...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 6d ago

The Undergound Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I'm not an avid follower of literary prizes, and don't necessarily agree with the verdicts of the judges of those I do become aware of. But I have had good luck with those of the Fiction cat...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 1W ago

Woman Reading

This is 'A Quiet Hour' by the American artist John White Alexander (1856-1915). It would be interesting to see what that dress looked like when she was standing up - looks as if it might jus...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate

January 1942, was a hard month in London. Friday, January 16th, was one of its bleakest days. Snow had fallen on the Wednesday and Thursday, rain during Thursday night. Enough snow had been ...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Eva Trout by Elizabeth Bowen (1968 Club)

Elizabeth Bowen wrote ten novels, of which until recently I had read four. I loved them all - they were The Death of the Heart, which I actually re-read for the 1938 Club, The Heat of the Da...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Woman and Book

This cosy scene is called 'In the Light of the Fire', and it's by the British artist Thomas Cantrell Dugdale (1880-1952). He was a well known portrait painter, but also a celebrated war arti...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Broken Bodies by Sally Emerson

This is the last of Sally Emerson's six novels. It was originally published in 2001, more than twenty years after her debut with Second Sight. It's also the final one to appear in Quartet Bo...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Listeners by Sally Emerson

Last July I reviewed a new reprint of Sally Emerson's debut 1980 novel, Second Sight. Now, just published, we have her sequel to that book, Listeners, first published in 1983. To be honest I...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 3W ago

Maigret Takes the Waters by Simenon (The 1968 Club)

I almost never participate in reading challenges, but I'm always more than happy to join in Simon and Kaggsy's Year Clubs. I'm not sure why they appeal to me so much, but I do love a vintage...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 3W ago

Woman Reading

This is 'Il Romanzo' (the novel), painted in 1911 by the Italian artist Camillo Innocenti (1871-1961). What little I have discovered about him can be found by following the link to Wikipedia...