Uncannily Peaceful: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I often dream about water. Floods, rains, storms at sea, currents of water bearing me away. Sometimes I struggle to keep my head above its surface. Occasionally I fly or sail above it. But more often than not, my dreams are watery. Susanna Clarke's long-anticipated second novel, Piranesi, fantastically combines these two elements. It has … Continue reading Uncannily Peaceful: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

The Wild and the Witchy: Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Well, it's that time of year again. The time when I reread Sylvia Townsend Warner's Lolly Willowes. It's a book I always associate with autumn, although the story cycles through all of the seasons, and describes them in glorious and unpredictable ways. But there is something earthy and eerie and (quite literally) witchy about Lolly … Continue reading The Wild and the Witchy: Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner