Feb. 25th, 2012

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I'm no particular fan of the Lake poets, but I rather found that this didn't matter. (In fact, had I been a passionate devotee of W. Wordsworth, for example, I'd have found some idols to have feet of clay.) This is a fascinating biography of the women of the Lakes circle - Sarah Coleridge, Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Wordsworth, Edith Southey, Sara Hutchinson in the elder generation and, in the younger, Sara Coleridge, Dora Wordsworth and Edith May Southey. Drawing extensively on the women's own writings (correspondence, poetry, journals etc) and letting them speak for themselves where possible, Jones has brought together a sympathetic, convincing and very readable biography.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10056780
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Thoroughly enjoyable satirical post-apocalyptic GM dystopian sci-fi. (I don't think Atwood likes calling it sci-fi, but tough. That's what it is.) It took me a while to get into this but it's very skilfully constructed; once I began to work out the history and where everybody fitted in, I was hooked.

I'm not surprised this is somebody's favourite.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10380600

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