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The Fascinating Women in Ernest Hemingway’s Life Finally Get Their Stories Told

Ernest Hemingway was married four times, firstly to Hadley Richardson, then to Paula Pfieffer, Martha Gellhorn and lastly to Mary Welsh Hemingway. At the end of his life, despite his subsequent marriages and affairs, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley. 


Paula McLain published The Paris Wife in 2011, and the book, which explores Hadley Richardson’s marriage to, and life in Paris with, Ernest Hemingway during the roaring 20s, was an instant success. The novel follows Hadley and Ernest in Paris as they befriend the ‘Lost Generation’, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound, Ernest struggles to find his voice, and Hadley struggles, despite their great love, to find her place in the ‘hard-drinking, fast-living and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris’.


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Last night, myself and Hilary attended an event at Penguin Random House for the release of Paula McLain’s new novel Love and Ruin, the much anticipated sequel to The Paris Wife, which deals this time with Martha Gellhorn, the pioneering journalist who was Hemingway’s third wife. 


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We sipped adorable cocktails while listening to the wonderful Paula McLain speak about the process of writing her new book, where the idea came from, and the amazing travels her writing career has taken her on thus far.


McLain explained that after The Paris Wife, she hadn’t intended to revisit Hemingway in her future writing, since the experience of writing it (mostly in a Cleveland Starbucks, the farthest place on the planet, she quipped, from a Parisian cafe) had been so intensive and immersive. However, she had a dream in which she was on a fishing boat with Hemingway, and from behind she witnessed a blonde women placing food in the mouth of a marlin Hemingway had caught. When the women turned around and looked her in the eye, she recognized her immediately as Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s third wife. It would have been “spiritually dangerous”, she said, to have ignored this dream and not have listened to what it was telling her: that she had to write about Gellhorn, and her life with Hemingway in Madrid and Cuba throughout the Spanish Civil War. 


The Paris Wife


It was inspiring to listen to McLain talk about the life of Martha Gellhorn, one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century, and her ballsey, adventurous nature which took her to so many incredible places, from the forefront of the Civil War in Spain, to being on the first boat to land and assist the injured on D-Day, to, despite her reluctance to indulge it, falling madly in love with and marrying Ernest Hemingway. McLain described the pioneering women of Gellhorn’s generation as ‘looking like Greta Garbo, looking great in slacks, not giving a damn what anybody thought of them,’ to which the fabulous older lady to my left turned to me conspiratorially and said, “I’m there.” 


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The evening was an absolute delight, as always is the case when listening to somebody speak about a topic on which they’re passionate, questions from the audience were intelligent and informed—one attendee inquired as to whether McLain had purposefully mirrored Hemingway’s pared back writing style—and interviewer Laura Brounstein of Random House was the ideal host, guiding the conversation skillfully while allowing McLain to speak at length about her process and experiences, commenting at one point that The Paris Wife felt like an historical novel in a way that Love and Ruin didn’t— Love and Ruin, though set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War in both Spain and Cuba, feels more charactercentric, and I am extremely excited to read it. I’m going on holidays on Friday and I will absolutely be taking my complimentary copy along for the ride! 


Love and Ruin is available from Penguin Random House as of today! 


—With thanks to Penguin Random House 


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9 Quotes for Those Who Don’t Eat to Live, but Live to Eat

A few basic things we, as mammals, need to continue living: air, water, and foodHumans love food, and we’ve learned to garnish and bedazzle our meals way beyond the means our early ancestors knew how to do so. Writers are humans too, and by that logic one can deduce that they ate food as well as you and I do. Here are some tasty literary quotes to get your stomach moaning and groaning for grub!


1. “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

-Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own


2. “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” 

-Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance


3. “What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.” 

-A.A. Milne, Not That It Matters




4. “As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

-Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast 


5. “Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencods’ roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.” 

-James Joyce, Ulysses (this one might do the opposite of making one hungry though)


6. “I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.”

-John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces




7. “You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.” 

-Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird 


8. “The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.”

-Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume


9. “The cucumber and the tomato are both fruit; the avocado is a nut. To assist with the dietary requirements of vegetarians, on the first Tuesday of the month a chicken is officially a vegetable.”

-Jasper Fforde, Shades of Grey


So there you have it. Nine quotes to get you in the mood for some breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or snacks in between. Go on, treat yourself!




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10 Hemingway Quotes That’ll Make You Several Inches Taller

Ernest Hemingway: A drinker, a hunter, and an old-fashioned manly man. He had a big beard. He often wrote short sentences with short words in them. He liked simplicity, truth, and also alcohol.


He wrote many things and won many awards for those things he wrote. Now I will condense his many works into ten brief quotations for which he is often remembered. Here are those ten quotations.


1. When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.


2. There is no friend as loyal as a book.


3. I drink to make other people more interesting.


4. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.


5. The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.


6. I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?


7. Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.


8. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.


9. The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.


10. The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.



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8 Classic Books That Are Surprisingly Short

If you missed out reading the classics in high school or college, then you’re probably not motivated to pick any of them up. Unless a teacher is going to fail you for not reading East of Eden (which is roughly 600 pages), then you’re probably just not going to read it. Which would be unfortunate, by the way, because that book is juicy as hell.


Not every classic is intimidatingly long, though. Here are some classic books that are surprisingly short (which, for the purposes of this list, is 250 pages or less).


1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – 46 pages


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It’s a Hemingway story about an older Cuban fisherman and a fish. Fun, right!? Well, shortly after its publication, Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature. It’s forty-six pages. Read it!


2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 98 pages


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Whether you’ve read it or not, A Christmas Carol has probably wiggled its way into your psyche. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come probably walk around your imagination during the holiday season. At less than 100 pages, you might as well curl up on a cold December night and knock this one out.


3. Night by Elie Wiesel – 120 pages



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Night is one of the few classics that’s 100% earned its place as a high school requirement. At 120 pages, there’s no excuse not to read Wiesel’s autobiographical account of how he survived his time in concentration camps. It’s a tale of suffering, cruelty, and, in a way, resiliency. It’s not great for the faint-hearted, but it’s necessary.


4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – 224 pages


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Toni Morrison’s classic follows Pecola Breedlove’s quest to fit in despite the color of her skin and brown eyes. It was Morrison’s debut novel, but she tackled heavy issues like race, beauty, and alienation. At a slim 224 pages, put this on your to-read list!


5. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger – 208 pages


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This one is actually two-for-the-length-of-one! ‘Franny’, a short story, was first published in 1955 and Zooey, a novella, in 1957. But they’ve since been published together as Franny and Zooey. The stories follow the two siblings of the Glass family, who were a particular obsession of Salinger’s. Jump into the mind of Salinger with this tale of family drama!


6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – 112 pages


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Best friends forever, George and Lennie finally score a sick job as ranch workers in California’s Salinas Valley! Things don’t go so well, and…you know what? It’s short. Just read it.


7. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – 240 pages


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Long John Silver! Billy Bones! Jim Hawkins. Okay, the last one is kind of lame. This classic tale of swashbuckling and seafaring sits at a cozy 240 pages. Between its brevity and exciting tales of piracy, you might be able to finish this on your next day off!


8. The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark – 112 pages


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Opening with the main character’s death, Spark’s masterpiece tells the strange story of Lise’s last day alive. It’s a classic among fans of the strange and unsettling. If that’s not your thing, it’s only 112 pages. You might as well give it a try.


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