Category Archive: 100 Greatest Novels

We went round one of Dracula’s houses.

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There’s a pattern with the weather at the moment around here, it’s lovely and bright in the morning and by lunchtime it’s darker and often, rainier. I have decided this is mother nature’s… Continue reading

Sentimental Schmaltz and Yarn-based Crimes: When Film Adaptations Fail to Deliver

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I’ve just watched the film adaptation of Elizabeth Taylor’s Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont and I really wish I hadn’t. To be fair, I’ll admit that the location and the majority of the characters… Continue reading

David Copperfield – Shallow Review #3

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Here are #1 and #2 if anyone wants to catch up. After the death of his mother, David’s at home with the evil stepfather Mr Murdstone, and his evil sister Miss Murdstone. Mr… Continue reading

Rhubarb rock and misleading surnames

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This year my daughter got money and a trip for her 17th birthday, but I wanted her to have something to open on the morning, so went off to the Kinnaird Head, which… Continue reading

Deliciously dark: Beryl Bainbridge’s ‘The Bottle Factory Outing’

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When I heard about the Beryl Bainbridge Reading Week hosted by Annabel over at Annabel’s House of Books, I dusted down my copy of The Bottle Factory Outing that had been languishing in… Continue reading

David Copperfield – Shallow review #2

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So, David’s off at school, having the kind of time that Victorian kids had at third rate (and also first rate, I’m guessing) boarding schools, daily beatings, gruel and the like. But then… Continue reading

Wife Swap – David Copperfield Style

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I’ve never actually seen an episode of Wife Swap, but I think by the title I’ve got the gist. And so I propose for an episode that Mrs Gummidge, the who refers to… Continue reading

I’m feeling very sorry for Sylvia Plath

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When I began reading The Bell Jar the first feelings I had were my quite frequent ‘modern life is rubbish’ ones, as I wanted to be a young woman in New York in… Continue reading

‘So long son, you’ll have a whale of a time!’

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Having departed for nautical college last autumn, the time has come for my son to set sail aboard this very ship, on a four month long trip which will take him to South… Continue reading

Anna Karenina review- Part 3

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I’m on the home straight with Anna Karenina, who is bizarrely still alive. Lëvin, who was also sure he was going to die, as he was done with life, is also still very… Continue reading