I’ve hated my past so much that I’ve spent countless hours downplaying or even hiding bits of truth of my childhood in an attempt to make it seem less severe, less hurtful, less shameful, than it felt.
The abuse and neglect from my mother and the time was forced to spend in Saint Joseph’s Catholic Home for Children, aka “the Home,” have affected a big part of my life. And I’ve hated that fact. I’m a forward-moving and positive-thinking person, and it was hard to have that albatross hanging around my neck.
RIFers and critics both raved about Lawrence Osborne’s novel The Forgiven, which was selected by The Economist, The Guardian, and Library Journal as one of the best books of 2012. Osborne’s new novel – The Ballad of a Small Player – is the riveting tale of risk and obsession set in the alluring world of Macau’s casinos.
If you’re a fan of Graham Greene, Paul Bowles and Evelyn Waugh, eerie suspense and rich atmosphere, you’ll enjoy The Ballad of a Small Player. It tells the story of Doyle, a corrupt English lawyer who has escaped prosecution by fleeing to the East, spending his nights drinking and gambling and his days sleeping off his excesses, continually haunted by his past.
Men write novels, women write chick lit. This reductionist approach to the world of fiction has been so dominant in the last few years one could be forgiven for thinking that it is true, so often has it been repeated.
“Well it’s not,” says Madhulika Sikka.
“In fact, women write novels, novels that cross multiple genres. Women write books about women – that does not make them chick lit, any more than a man writing about a woman is writing chick lit. Women write books about men, too. Women write great novels, serious novels, funny novels, profound novels, historical novels, epic sweeping novels. Women write, well, everything.”
“To understand yourself,” says Gretchen Rubin, author of Happier at Home, “is to understand your home. And to understand your home is to understand yourself.”
To feel more at home, at home, one suggestion Rubin offers is to “cultivate a shrine”—to make a place of special dedication to something that you love.
Rubin has created several such places in her apartment, but one she’s particularly fond of is a shrine to children’s literature: an area occupied by a bookcase full of children’s books, her old Cricket magazines, and a Gryffindor banner a friend brought her from the Harry Potter theme park.
With Elementary back on our screens and the last episode Sherlock just aired in the U.K., there’s never been a better time to be a fan of the world’s only consulting detective.
Kaite Welsh shares five of her favorite Sherlock Holmes spin-offs.
“There’s something there for everyone,” Kaite says. “Want to see Holmes pitted against H.P Lovecraft’s monsters, or Watson as an army doctor in the First World War? Curious about what Irene Adler was really thinking during A Scandal in Bohemia?”