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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

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

“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

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

#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

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

How can I read when the rabbit’s in the bath!?

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It’s interesting how sometimes the mindset needed to enjoy a book can be scuppered, obliterated, scratched and peed on by a nervous cat. It has been a trying week. I should be grateful,… Continue reading

Friendship, love, death, and the post office.

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I sometimes wonder if I’ve missed the point with Ali Smith’s books. There seems to be so much going on, so many sudden moments of being touched by an idea, that it’s easy… Continue reading

The Remains Of The Day

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Wow. If ever there was a worthy Booker winner, this is it. I loved this book. It is so simple yet multi-faceted, easy to read yet very deep. It reminds me of the… Continue reading

David Copperfield – it’s over!

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With the end of the year approaching and my ridiculous poly-reading habits threatening the the legs of my bedside table,  I’ve been trying to get things read. This week I have finished both… Continue reading