Nightmares getting a bit stale? Why not reinvigorate your insomnia with Angela Carter’s ‘The Magic Toyshop’ – you may never sleep again!

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One of the joys of embarking on a reading challenge is the discovery of authors whose work has previously passed you by. Such was the case with Angela Carter, whose novel Wise Children is on… Continue reading

This is my idea of a horror novel

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I bought it as I love Russian-y things, the freezing winter cold, or the suffocating summer heat, the cramped city living, the history and the enormity of the country that often comes through… Continue reading

‘All Passions Spent’ but New Obsessions Found.

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Reading one of Jane’s delightful A to Z blog posts at Beyond Eden Rock, I decided to explore the monthly ‘Author Reads’ in the Virago Modern Classics group on Library Thing. I wasn’t… Continue reading

“I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.”Virginia Woolf

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Aptly enough, I got Ali Smith’s ‘Public Library and other stories’ out of the library. Initially put off by the hipsters on the cover, who cannot be in any way comfortable reading in… Continue reading

Could this be the Toughest Challenge of them all?

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Happy New Year to you all! I do hope Santa made all your booky dreams come true – if all the wonderful new Christmas book posts I’ve been snooping at are anything to… Continue reading

Happy New Books!

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Firstly, let’s begin with a review of world events in 2016 –     Yep, that pretty much covers it, now onto the books I got for Christmas. I got more than I… Continue reading

What the Dickens? I’ve finished David Copperfield!

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I’m thrilled to report that after months of procrastination, I have finally finished David Copperfield. I must admit to being chivvied along by Lucy having finished it a few weeks ago, but Shoshi’s… Continue reading

#AW80Books Round-up: Christmas Edition (in that it’s hastily organised and I ate fruitcake while putting it together)

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Here is the results of a search about for Around the World in 80 Books posts. If you have done one and I’ve not mentioned it, let me know and I’ll add it.… Continue reading

The End of the Road!

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I have finally completed all thirteen novels in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage – Hooray! For the most part, I’ve very much enjoyed spending the year with Miriam Henderson. The earlier novels were a complete joy –… Continue reading

Glædelig Jul!

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I took my teenage daughter to Copenhagen for two nights earlier this week, which was as magical and tastefully festive as you’d imagine, but the real story here is the struggle of getting… Continue reading