Hunger at Brinkley Court: P.G. Wodehouse’s “Right Ho, Jeeves” (1934)

After the excitement of Shrove Tuesday (and the successful flipping of many pancakes) Nico and I decided what to ‘give up’ for Lent. For the second year running, I choose to relinquish grumpiness whilst Nico, for the first time in her life, has given up listening to music. Looking for something to stave off the imminent onset of a bad mood last week, I turned … Continue reading Hunger at Brinkley Court: P.G. Wodehouse’s “Right Ho, Jeeves” (1934)

Proust’s Madeleines: Swann’s Way (1913)

Over a year ago, I decided to take part in a postgraduate conference on Proust: my paper got accepted, and I was pleased yet rather nervous about it, as this was really out of my ‘comfort zone’, me being by no means a French Literature expert. In order to better prepare me for this conference, my mother bought me a madeleine mould as a present … Continue reading Proust’s Madeleines: Swann’s Way (1913)

Holes and histories: baguettes in Ciaran Carson’s ‘For All We Know’ (2008)

Belfast-born poet Ciaran Carson is one of the most accomplished wordsmiths to be found amongst the current generation of writers. Born in 1948, he has published over 29 volumes of poetry, prose and translations from Irish. Carson’s indefatigable flair for witty, convoluted, memorable story-telling is cemented in his 2008 volume, For All We Know. This is an absolutely beautiful and emotive novelistic sequence of not-quite-sonnets … Continue reading Holes and histories: baguettes in Ciaran Carson’s ‘For All We Know’ (2008)