The Reading Room: A review of Marion Coutts’s ‘The Iceberg’

The Iceberg by Marion Coutts Reviewed by Elizabeth Barry, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick Marion Coutts’s 2014 memoir The Iceberg details the period covering her husband Tom Lubbock’s diagnosis with an aggressive brain tumour, the progress of his condition, and his death. Lubbock, art critic for The Independent newspaper, himself […]

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The Reading Room: A review of Emma Healey’s ‘Elizabeth is Missing’

This is the first in a series of three books from the Costa Book Award 2014 category shortlist that will feature in the Reading Room. Elizabeth is Missing was yesterday announced as the First Novel category winner.    Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey Reviewed by Andrea Capstick, Division of Dementia Studies, University of Bradford One […]

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The Reading Room: A review of Matilda Tristram’s ‘Probably Nothing’

  Probably Nothing: A diary of not-your-average nine months Matilda Tristram Reviewed by Nicola Streeten   Aged 31 and four months pregnant, Matilda Tristram was presented with an agonising dilemma following a diagnosis of stage three bowel cancer. In May 2013, The Guardian newspaper featured an interview with Matilda Tristram (Williams, 2014). It included an […]

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Review: “Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals.”

We have another great review today, of Lori A Brown’s book “Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals.” It’s by Sophie Jones of Birkbeck College, University of London, and considers aspects of architecture, landscape & design, and wider ideas about feminism and attitudes to women’s health in the USA.  Looks like a fascinating area […]

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“The One-Sex Body on Trial: the Classical and Early Modern Evidence” – a new review by Brandy Schillace

We are thrilled to be able to publish here a  wonderful review by Brandy Schillace, of Helen King’s book “The One-Sex Body on Trial: the Early and Modern Evidence.” (Surrey: Ashgate Press 2014.) Thank you so much to Brandy for her contribution to the blog – I will very much look forward to other pieces from her […]

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Ayesha Ahmad: Review of ‘Able-Bodied – Scenes from a curious life’ by Professor Leslie Swartz

  Having had the privilege to meet with Professor Swartz, I read his most recent book publication, ‘Able-Bodied – Scenes from a curious life’ with the jovial sounds of his uncanny ability to reflect on human nature and experiences in the background.   I certainly found Professor Swartz’ presence evident in the somewhat apologetic way […]

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Ayesha Ahmad: Introducing ‘The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory’ by Dr Angela Woods

‘The Sublime Object of Psychiatry’ studies representations of schizophrenia, and acknowledges a wide range of disciplines, including biological and phenomenological psychiatry, psychoanalysis, critical psychology, anti-psychiatry, and postmodern philosophy. Such an analysis permits a privileged view of the way in which schizophrenia has been framed within different discourses. […]

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