Linkday (12 Feb 2010)

I love love this photo of Daphne du Maurier with her children in the garden at Menabilly on The Persephone Post.

Here’s what I added to my TBR list this  week:

Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever: Stories – Justin Taylor (via The Second Pass)

Socialism Is Great! A Worker’s Memoir of the New China – Zhang Lijia (via Sophisticated Dorkiness)

The House of the Mosque – Kader Abdolah (via RobAroundBooks)

The Harlot’s Progress: Pt. 1: Yorkshire Molly – Peter Mottley (via Farm Lane Books)

The Child Thief: A Novel – Brom (via Books on the Nightstand)

What did you add to your list this week?


  1. Nice to see that someone has listened to me for once. The House of the Mosque is incredible. I’m sure you and anyone else would enjoy it.

    By the way, Olduvai is that your real name? I know you originate from Singapore but it’s a name I’ve never heard before. I would love to know something of its origins (whether your real name or your ‘pen-name’


    1. Hi Rob, thanks for dropping by my blog! Your review really made me want to read the book. Now to get my hands on it…

      As for your question, I’ve been using this pen-name of sorts for a while now, ever since I got my first email address all those years ago when I was still in school. It originates from my teenaged aspirations of being an archaeologist (having grown up watching Indiana Jones). Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania is commonly referred to as the “Cradle of Mankind”, or so says Wikipedia. I remember reading a book about the Leakey family when I was in secondary school. And that’s probably where I first heard of the name Olduvai. My real name is Sharlene, by the way!


      1. Hi Sharlene,
        Thank you for the explanation. Funnily enough when I googled ‘Olduvai’ the gorge was, aside from your Goodreads account, pretty much the only hing that was coming up (no surprise given its supposed importance in our evolution), and that’s what made me wonder if it were a real name or not.

        I see so far that your aspirations of becoming an archaeologist haven’t reached fruition, at least not in an academic sense, so I hope you’re not giving up on that childhood dream. Besides who needs crummy qualifications to be an archaeologist? All you need is a trowel and a ticket to Tanzania :). Loving the sound of your Globalisation, Ethnicity and Culture degree. Cultural study is one of my ‘life fuels’.
        Anyway great speaking. I hope you do get your hands on The House of the Mosque (if I had one spare I’d send one over).
        P.S. Talking of academic qualifications in archaeology, I have a degree in Mediaeval History and Archaeology (University of St.. Andrews). Not sure if I’d like to head for the Olduvai Gorge though, my interest is more in religious history, and I’m 100% atheist. Go figure! 🙂


      2. Hey Rob,

        Your comment made me open a new tab in Firefox and google ‘olduvai’ myself! And I learnt that there’s also an Olduvai Theory (here’s the wikipedia entry) about industrial civilisation. Thanks to your curiosity, I learnt something new today. 🙂 It’s been a while since I’ve read archaeology-related books, and I think I ought to go look some up in my little branch of a library.

        Well as a teenager, I did also aspire to be a journalist. I think I was inspired by the National Geographic magazines, so I wanted to be an archaeologist-journalist. So you can sort of say that I fulfilled part of it! The newspapering life took a bit of a toll on me, which is when the Globalisation degree resulted. And for someone who hadn’t really studied the social sciences much, it was a treat.

        Your degree sounds pretty awesome as well. Good luck on your job search!

        I just wanted to add, although I’ve never actually commented on your blog, I am a loyal reader (via Google Reader). You’ve got a fantastic blog!


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