Beatrice K. Otto

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Inspired by ancient biographies of Chinese court jesters, Beatrice's first book was Fools Are Everywhere: The Court Jester Around the World, which won the American Association of Publishers Award for Outstanding Book of the Year in its class.

She's always loved books and remembers leafing through them even before she could read. Some children's picture and story books, and vivid Time-Life photographic books.

In addition to reading and writing all she can, she is on a mission to highlight bright writing, creating a website to celebrate thousands of moving, striking or amusing quotations and fresh, original phrasing and metaphors, along with the books in which she found them: https://www.writingredux.com. Her reviews on Goodreads are all 5-st
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A sociable breakfast

Little Lord Fauntleroy is out of fashion these days, but I think that’s because most people haven’t read the book, and believe him to be nothing but the Pears’ Soap poster child of velvet and lace collars. He’s actually funny, asking innocently adroit questions to his elders, and slowly winning his crotchety grandfather over to kindness and light. 


Here he describes a typical breakfast with his...

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Journey to Armenia & Conversation About Dante by Osip Mandelstam
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I first reviewed this book alongside Vasily Grossman's Armenian Sketchbook, and ‘Armenia’, in Imperium, by Ryszard Kapuscinski (pp. 42-51).

‘Two Russians and a Pole visit Armenia’ might be the beginning of a joke, but it isn’t. I bought and read the
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An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman
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I first reviewed this book alongside Osip Mandelstam's Journey to Armenia, and ‘Armenia’, in Imperium, by Ryszard Kapuscinski, trans. Klara Glowczewska, pp. 42-51.

‘Two Russians and a Pole visit Armenia’ might be the beginning of a joke, but it isn’t
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Horace and Me by Harry Eyres
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I didn’t get Horace until I met Harry. It took one poet to introduce me to another, and ten years after I first read Horace, I have gone back to him with a clearer eye. He feels like a friend and helper, not a remote and august figure. And I hadn’t r ...more
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The White Road by Edmund de Waal
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'This bowl was made by someone I didn’t know, in conditions I can only imagine, for functions that I may have got wrong. But the act of reimagining it by picking it up is an act of remaking.' (p. 5)

The White Road is an exploration of making, a book i
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The Breaking Hour by Kevin Crossley-Holland
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‘Wyde in this world wondres to hear.’ (Boyhood)

It was by chance that I met Kevin Crossley-Holland, as he was one of the English speaking authors the Morges Book Festival lined up. We got talking and somehow zoomed in on the stories of things – he poi
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Beowulf by Unknown
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"And now this is ‘an inheritance’ – / Upright, rudimentary, unshiftably planked / In the long ago, yet willable forward / Again and again and again." (Seamus Heaney, Introduction, p. ix)

If you take Beowulf’s battles, first against Grendel and his hid
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The Mighty Dead by Adam Nicolson
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"Homer will enlarge your life. Homer is on a scale that stretches across human time and the full width of the human heart. Homer is alive in anyone who is prepared to attend. Homerity is humanity … Why another book about Homer? Why go for a walk? Why ...more
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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The title of this book imprinted itself on my subconscious decades ago. Something haunting about it. But I didn’t register that it was a novel, or that Carson McCullers was the author. Then recently it tapped me on the shoulder and asked to be read.

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The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
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Enchantment, fortitude, warmth. I wanted to celebrate The Little White Horse for some time but held back, wondering how I would convey the delight it brought me.

Even the purchase was in an enchanting place – I came across it browsing the children’s
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“I look upon fine phrases as a lover. - John Keats”
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