Category: Words

Review: Fates and Furies

He longed for something wordless and potent: what? To wear her. He imagined living in her warmth forever.” – Lauren Groff Every now and again you get a book that is so delicious, you almost wish you could eat the words in it. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff is such...

Getting mental illness out the closet

Bad enough to be ill, but to feel compelled to deny the very thing that, in its worst and most active state, defines you is agony indeed.” ― Sally Brampton, Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression It was my birthday early January, and this weekend, instead of having...

Review: Leaving Before the Rains Come

He would stay in Zambia because he loved the romance of it. I could remain here, safely. Our lives would be the ‘three rifles, supplies for a month, and Mozart’ of Out of Africa without the plane crashes, syphilis and Danish accent. As a fellow African, I like Alexandra Fuller’s...

Bees, please

A few weekends ago we did a beekeeping excursion with Albertus (aka Farmer Redbeard) near Ashton (Western Cape). An experience like that is a wonderful way to hone all one’s senses. Garbed in our beekeeping gear, our jeans tucked in our socks and our hands protected with thick rubber gloves,...

Therapeutic literature

If I write something, I fear it will happen, and if I love too much, I fear I will lose that person; nevertheless, I cannot stop writing or loving…” Isabel Allende, Paula When my grandmother was dying, I spoke to her from a pay phone somewhere along the Australian coast,...

Wild settings and how to create them

I’m currently listening on Audible to a book called Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets. It is told from the perspectives of two characters Pru Hathaway and Amy Ray Latour and the novel is set in the Colorado Wilderness. Amy Ray disappears while going on an elk hunt on her...

Dinosaur dreams

This week my son, the budding paleontologist and general animal nut, has me drawing him pages and pages of dinosaurs. So far, we’re on the 10th page (and about the 200th dinosaur) and these creatures have crept into my dreams. They don’t do very much in them, but I know...

Wednesday Quote

I’ve just finished Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger. It is rather an angry book, but with lots to amuse you – especially if you’ve travelled to India as I have. The whole concept of the “chicken coop” in the book is really fascinating – how nobody can rise in society...