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Harriet Devine's Blog · 3d ago

Woman Reading the Newspaper

This lovely painting, actually called 'At Breakfast' is a portrait of Sigrid Kohler, the wife of the Danish painter Laurits Anderson Ring (1854-1933). I'm ashamed to say I'd never heard of h...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 3d ago

Summary Justice by John Fairfax

When I read a review of this novel, published a couple of weeks ago, I knew I really had to read it.Why? Because it's a legal thriller, and that's a genre I really enjoy, whether in books (I...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 5d ago

Lamentation by CJ Sansom (Audible)

I've been giving some thought to my feelings about historical fiction. It's not a genre I actively seek out, and often don't take to it at all (I had a lukewarm reaction to In the Name of th...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 1W ago

Girl Reading

This is Girl Reading in an Interior by the Spanish artist Francesc Serra Castellet (1912-1976). His Wikipedia page is in German but I persuaded Google to translate it for me. He admired Dega...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Sarah Dunant Giveaway - the Winners!

Names have gone in the hat, and the winners are: Lizzy Siddal Kamala Diana Congratulations! Please email me at drharrietd [at] gmail [dot] com to give me full names and postal addresses so I...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

Some years ago, in the relatively early days of this blog, I had a splurge of reading Willa Cather, and reviewed three of her novels: A Lost Lady, O Pioneers, and My Antonia. I absolutely lo...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Woman Reading

This is Reclining Nude in an Interior, painted in 1929 by the American artist Leon Kroll (1884-1974), who was referred to in Life Magazine as 'the dean of U.S. nude painters', though apparen...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Family Matters by Anthony Rolls

I always look forward to a new batch of British Library Crime Classics. This one arrived recently and has just come out (10 March). First published in 1933, it turns out to be one of the mos...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 2W ago

Blossoming Time in Normandy

I live in Normandy, and I'm afraid it isn't blossoming time quite yet. Here's hoping it looks like this soon. Painted in 1901 by the celebrated American artist Mary Fairchild Low, who lived ...
Harriet Devine's Blog · 3W ago

Sarah Dunant In the Name of the Family Giveaway!

Tomorrow is the final day of the blog tour for this much anticipated book. Have you been reading the reviews? My ShinyNewBooks colleague Annabel loved it - this is what she said about it her...