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The dark magic of Patricia Highsmith

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I discovered Patricia Highsmith’s malevolent genius earlier this year when I read The Talented Mr Ripley (1955). I’m a sucker for a good thriller, and the actions of Highsmith’s lovable psychopath, Tom Ripley, had me… Continue reading

Oops! I did it again

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A couple of weekends ago I headed off for a much looked forward to reunion with some old friends from my Brighton book group. I’m still a member, reading the monthly book choices… Continue reading

#AW80Books: Madeleine Thien’s ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’

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Some books are so brilliant, they’re difficult to put down. Sometimes the opposite is true, too. A novel can be so powerful that it can’t be rushed, so important that I need to… Continue reading

Ernest Hemingway: My New Guilty Pleasure

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I’ve collected quite a number of Hemingway’s books over the years, but until recently I’d never read any. This is because any mention of Hemingway is usually accompanied by talk of misogyny, bull-fighting,… Continue reading

It was all going so well until….

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Having failed to complete my #20 books of Summer reading challenge (as hosted by Cathy at 746books ) and only getting one book through Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time which I’d… Continue reading

View over the top of my Book #26

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One of my jobs requires me to travel around the county covering for staff sickness and holidays in Sheltered Housing. I tend to swoop in for a day or two, leaving a trail… Continue reading

Crossed Swords and Crossed Lovers – Balzac’s ‘The Chouans’

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If it wasn’t for some recent galavanting around Brittany, I can’t imagine a time that I’d have picked up The Chouans (1829) as the next ‘must read’ from my TBR. It’s not that I don’t rate… Continue reading

Heavy Reading

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My son is a cadet in the merchant navy and he has just set sail on his next voyage – sob! I took him to the airport to see him off, and on… Continue reading

Well what’s one to do when Balzac takes a bath?

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The other night I’d been enjoying a long soak in the bath engrossed in my book, The Chouans , the first volume of novels comprising Balzac’s The Human Comedy. Thus far, I’ve enjoyed it far more than… Continue reading

View over the top of my Book #25

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As I’ve not long been back from my jaunt to France and have only just finally cleared the mountain of washing, this is just a little taster of my trip. We only went… Continue reading