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The third (and possibly final?) volume of extracts from Nella's millions of words written over more than thirty years. I loved Nella from her first volume. This one certainly has less going on than the wartime diaries but it's still quite fascinating ...more
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I found the first third of this rather plodding, even though it was set at York University in the early 1970s, the same time period that I was at university. Having been at LSE I definitely recognised the earnest lefty student politics, although York ...more
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A dark, magic-realist cross between Cold Comfort Farm and Barbara Pym, revolving around dark goings-on in a Derbyshire village. It's very short and the first two-thirds are delightfully funny. Like CCF, the ending is a bit of a disappointment, focusi ...more
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“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
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Rebecca West
“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.”
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Antonio Machado
“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road-- Only wakes upon the sea.

Caminante, son tus huellas el camino, y nada más; caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar. Al andar se hace camino, y al volver la vista atrás se ve la senda que nunca se ha de volver a pisar. Caminante, no hay camino, sino estelas en la mar.”
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Colette
“There are no ordinary cats.”
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George Eliot
“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

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