Posted on 23rd April 2014

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Bodies of Light

Each chapter of Sarah Moss’s excellent new novel is prefaced by the description of a painting, by either Alfred Moberley or his friend Aubrey West, giving title, date, provenance, and then a catalogue description. (Think of them as vaguely pre-Raphaelite; the novel is set in Manchester and London from the 1850s to the end of…

Posted on 20th September 2011

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Oyne Book Club reads Night Waking

Anna Bennett is a historian and Oxford Fellow and mother of two boys. She comes from a working class background and has married into aristocracy, albeit somewhat impoverished…

Posted on 19th May 2011

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Night Waking

‘A must-read for any parent, this novel dramatises a family’s struggle to balance work and relationships in the isolated setting of a Scottish isle. Everyday tensions and an extraordinary event come together to produce a remarkably satisfying story.’ Fiction Uncovered Judges 2011 Synopsis: Historian Anna Bennett has a book to write. She also has…

Posted on 4th May 2011

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Night Waking

One insomniac son obsessed with The Gruffalo, another with reducing his family’s carbon footprint, an book to finish on the Romantic view of childhood (they celebrated innocence while committing ever more children to orphanages and prisons), and a puffin-scientist husband with a knack for leaving the room just when nappies must be changed and children…