#AW80Books: ‘The Man Who Went Up in Smoke’ by Sjowall & Wahloo

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It’s been a while since I read the first novel by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Roseanna, and as I’ve abandoned myself to my current craving for crime, I thought I’d dig out the… Continue reading

We went round Goethe’s house

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I do love a wander about the homes of cultural and historical figures, and so on Saturday I thoroughly enjoyed a look around the house where Goethe was born. I’ve also been to… Continue reading

Should I go on a Reading Diet?

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At New Year I frantically scribbled lists of possible books I might read over the course of the year. I tried to include a variety and left plenty of room for random choices,… Continue reading

Vive la Resistance!

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Well, this seems fitting. I’ve enjoyed C. J. Sansom’s Tudor crime thrillers in the past, and saw this brick of a book (700+ pages) in my library, while coincidentally, I was browsing for… Continue reading

Fed up of no snow? Try some Ice with a Slice (of family dysfunction).

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As the nights draws in each year, weather predictions start to appear about the forthcoming winter. The next one is always going to be ‘the big one’ with projections of record-breaking snowfall, plummeting… Continue reading

Margery and Julian – the Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox of their day

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I propose a new monopoly card — bookseller’s error in your favour, collect £2.78 and a free book! I say this as I ordered the first volume of Virginia’s Woolf’s diary from Amazon… Continue reading

Writing about writing – Rachel Cusk’s ‘Outline’

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In order to alleviate unnecessary head-scratching and present-buying anxiety, a month or so before Christmas and my birthday, I start to leave heavy hints with my husband about the books I’d be eternally… Continue reading

A Spoonful of Mapp and Lucia Helps the Siege of Leningrad Go Down

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How anyone is supposed to find any peace of mind and pay attention to anything other than the early days of the apocalypse is a tricky one. History books can offer some solace… Continue reading

‘Brideshead’ Revisited

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A pre-Christmas mooch around the charity shops of Fishguard unearthed a fine stash of DVDS perfect for viewing over that no-man’s land between Christmas and New Year. While I’ve never seen or read… Continue reading

Plague, (yes!), War (whoo!) and Hellfire (bonanza!)

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In the western world, never before has the timing of our death been so often negotiable. Unless something very catastrophic happens, a person is quite justified in thinking a threatened end is maybe… Continue reading