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wellreadweare · 1Y ago

ANRC 16: Guest blogger Lee on Marlon James’ A Brief History Of Seven Killings

When I was a kid, Jamaica was a place where they played cricket with a cavalier attitude. A few years later and it was the source of “the reggae music”. Of course it was happening when I was...
wellreadweare · 1Y ago

Welcome to ANRC 2016! Just sans Andy, and five months late …

And then there was one. As those of you who regularly read our humble little literary blog know, Andy has bid us adieu for now. Hopefully it is not the last time we will see him around these...
wellreadweare · 1Y ago

… In which Andy takes one last look back.

Given this is potentially the last time I blog on Andy and Netty’s Reading Challenge I thought I’d try to get it out of the way before the beginning of autumn. You could say “oops”, or you c...
wellreadweare · 1Y ago

In which Netty runs the rule over 2015’s reading …

As usual, here we are, wrapping up another big year of ANRC books, from 2015 – in March 2016. You’d never guess that Andy and me have spent most of our professional lives working to strict d...
wellreadweare · 1Y ago

In which Netty enters Knausgaard’s struggle on dual levels …

Definition of irony: reading and blogging about a book called A Death In The Family being delayed by, well, a death in the family. True story, folks. You should have been reading this post i...
wellreadweare · 1Y ago

A Death in the Family – Andy doesn’t even like vodka

Yes. Late again. Bite me, dear readers. (Oooh look! Two bites!) I read the first volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ongoing biography, My Struggle, months ago. So I’m afraid A Death in the Fami...
wellreadweare · 1Y ago

In which Netty reads And The Band Played On … and The Chimp And The River

This is the most important book that you will never read. Back in 1981, a young, openly gay journalist named Randy Shilts got a position at the San Francisco Chronicle. His round was “gay is...
wellreadweare · 1Y ago

And the Band Played On – Andy has no puns

Apologies to the one or two people who still bother reading this blog regularly – for a variety of reasons posting has been problematic for the past couple of months. Although given who thos...
wellreadweare · 2Y ago

In which Netty goes back to school and meets Miss Jean Brodie, but learns a different lesson …

Sometimes I don’t know as much as I think I know. For example, when Andy suggested at the beginning of the year that we include Scottish writer Muriel Spark in this year’s ANRC, I could only...
wellreadweare · 2Y ago

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Andy’s impressed by Muriel’s spark of genius

Yeah yeah. Dreadful pun. You expect better? Back in the late ‘80s I remember being quite offended by a review of what at that stage was probably my favourite movie ever, Dead Poets Society. ...