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Who knew you could fry buttercups?

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Edward Lear, that’s who. I have had this copy of the Pobble Who Has No Toes since I was about four. It is falling apart and some of the illustrations are mildly terrifying,… Continue reading

Polyreading. No, not a parrot with a book.

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I read like I watch TV. Some days one half hour show here, an hour one there, then maybe a film, or I can binge watch the whole of House Of Cards in… Continue reading

Read a book 100 times? Err…no.

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Centireading. Apparently Anthony Hopkins reads his scripts 100 times, but like the author of this piece reading Hamlet 100 for a dissertation, a play or film script is not a book. A straight… Continue reading

Oi, Flaubert! Get in the corner with Hardy.

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*spoilers, tons of ’em* Madame Bovary is one of the most page-chewing, pillow-punching books I have ever read. To start with, she’s just not likable, and an unlikable protagonist is a very hard… Continue reading

A slightly morbid, gothic birthday celebration for Charles Dickens. He’d have approved.

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Happy 203rd birthday, Charles! The first thing I remember seeing related to Charles Dickens was a lock of his hair, at the museum of his birthplace, in Portsmouth, where I was also born… Continue reading

One of the other Tolkien kid’s books (no hobbits, but people do eat and drink a lot)

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Who remembers Mr Bliss? Sure you do. His bike doesn’t have any pedals so he only uses it to go downhill, then he buys a car at the bottom. Don’t think about the… Continue reading

Weighty tomes for both reading and for use as replacement table legs

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War And Peace is just too long. There, I’ve said it. There are enormous chunks I could do without, but I can’t put it down, as very exciting when things suddenly happen, which… Continue reading

Ye Great Olde Dickens Challenge

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‘Get what you’re given and like it’ is a favourite phrase of my mother’s, and one that she used to herald every childhood over-cooked fruit cake of bizarre item of clothing bought in… Continue reading

It’s Chekhov’s birthday! I made him a cake.

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You mean you didn’t? Really? Listen, people. If we’re only going to make birthday cakes for people we know, that will seriously reduce the amount of birthday cake in our lives. Anyway, Anton… Continue reading

I Hope Adam And Eve Had A Nailbrush

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There are some parts of Paradise lost that are quite entertaining, mainly the bits involving the devil. Although, Samuel Johnson didn’t think so. He said “Paradise Lost is a book that, once put… Continue reading