Category Archive: Around the World in 80 Books

#AW80Books February Round Up

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I hope you’re all enjoying your armchair travels as much as I am. In typical obsessive fashion I’ve been totally consumed by the places I’ve been reading my way through. Please holler at… Continue reading

No Brainers and Calculated Risks: My Latest Book Acquisitions

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Finding myself in Haverfordwest last week with half an hour to kill, I headed off to my home from home, the Oxfam bookshop. I was thrilled to pick up four Barbara Pym novels.… Continue reading

#AW80Books: ‘Compartment No.6’ by Rosa Liksom

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I ordered Rosa Liksom’s Compartment No.6 after reading a really compelling blog review. I only wish I could remember which blog I got the recommendation from, so I could say thanks! as it was… Continue reading

#AW80Books: ‘Pointed Roofs’ by Dorothy Richardson

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I’m not sure whether it was Beyond Eden Rock or Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings that I first heard about the writer Dorothy Richardson and her series of thirteen novels collectively called Pilgrimage. Richardson was a contemporary of Virginia… Continue reading

#AW80Books – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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How awesome are live webcams!? They are our wonderful live windows on far away people and places! And by people, I mean those with their clothes on, and regarding places, my favourite has… Continue reading

#AW80Books – A House For Mr Biswas

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I was born with twelve fingers and eleven toes, and so from the get-go, I was sympathetic to poor six-fingered Mr Biswas. According to the pundit (Hindu priest, although I was stuck imagining… Continue reading

#AW80Books:’The Master and Margarita’ – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats – The Sequel’?

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There is so much hype around The Master and Margarita that I’ve put off reading it for a while now. However, the opportunity to explore 1930s Russia with Mikhail Bulgakov as my guide was… Continue reading

#AW80Books January Round – up

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  If you have written something and I’ve not included it, shout at me and wave your arms in the comments section below. Sarah has read ‘Americanah’ (U.S.A and Nigeria) by Chimamanda Ngozi… Continue reading

#AW80Books: ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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I know I’m late to the party but I’ve finally read a novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Taking Americanah with me to Lanzarote, I was able to luxuriate in extended reading sessions without interruption.… Continue reading

Russian Misery and Children’s Parties

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To kick off the new year, I have started ‘Anna Karenina’. So far, all I’ve read of Tolstoy has been ‘War and Peace’, and seeing as this is also not a quick read,… Continue reading