Tagged: British

Lit rec #266: Take a Stand. “If you had asked me why I had joined the militia I should have answered: ‘To fight against Fascism,’ and if you had asked me what I was fighting for, I should have answered: ‘Common decency.” (1938).

Part journalism, part novel, a moral compass. An enduring historical document. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by George Orwell




Lit rec #265: “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them” (1602).

Yellow garters! Shipwreck, cross-dressing, true love. Esp. brought to life by Mark Rylance. TWELFTH NIGHT by Shakespeare.

12th night



Lit rec #263: Only Surpassed by Shakespeare in his time (1599).

Some 16th century magic. Thanks to HOL for reminding me of this one. “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe.




Lit rec #258: “It was not generally realized that what children mostly wanted was to be left alone” (2001).

Some of the best war writing ever, and ultimately, a lovely story. I didn’t mind the ending, seriously. ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan



Lit rec #255: The facts: in many ways, to be Danish is to be wonderfully progressive. Denmark’s a place where lawyers’ salaries are less than twice those of binmen; a place where university is free. (2012)

I adored the chapters on continuing education for seniors and chairs! Plus, michelin-starred Noma. HOW TO BE DANISH by Patrick Kingsley.




Lit rec #252: “Every morning, at breakfast, I would gaze disbelievingly at my family. They were all still there, for a start – that was the first surprise. Why hadn’t some of them run off in the night, wounded beyond endurance by the emptiness I divined in their lives? Why were they all still sitting where they’d sat the morning before, and looking as if they’d be perfectly content to be back there again in another twenty-four hours?” (1980)

Hover over idealistic silly amusing young men. A beautiful portrait of daylight, schoolboy London. METROLAND by Julian Barnes





Lit rec #247: “I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.” (1811)

Written amazingly when she was 19. Sophisticated take on relationships, trust, the longview. SENSE & SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen

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