The ideal writing life

I am a big fan of Virginia Woolf. In my opinion The Waves is one of the top 3 novels ever written. And I am also, as so many of you, very fascinated by her essays, and regard A Room of One’s Own as obligatory reading. I have, until now, considered Woolf’s advice on the importance…

Diorama

I’ve just started reading The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, and a thought struck me; isn’t there a striking resemblance between Siri Hustevdt’s The Blazing World and The Woman Upstairs? The narrator of The Woman Upstairs is Nora Eldridge, and from the start she describes herself as something of a non-entity. ‘I’m neither fat nor thin, tall…