Category Archive: British And American

Sign me up!

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Ahh, time travel, that really would be living the dream. I get the feeling Connie Willis was thinking that when the idea for To Say Nothing of the Dog came into her mind.… Continue reading

Returned Unfinished

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I used to make it a point of principle that I finished every book I started. It seemed wrong to not see books through to the bitter, boring, heavy or miserable end. Reading… Continue reading

#AW80Books – When half of a quiet American isn’t quite enough

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I’ve been meaning to break my Graham Greene duck for a long time so I was delighted when The Quiet American was picked as my bookgroup’s book choice for last month. Also, it gives… Continue reading

The kid is not alright

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Hooray! An Ian McEwan novel that didn’t make me cry. Although, I’ve now realised that’s not necessarily a good thing. Yes, it’s well written, the prose is engaging, etc, but at no point… Continue reading

Margery and Julian – the Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox of their day

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I propose a new monopoly card — bookseller’s error in your favour, collect £2.78 and a free book! I say this as I ordered the first volume of Virginia’s Woolf’s diary from Amazon… Continue reading

Writing about writing – Rachel Cusk’s ‘Outline’

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In order to alleviate unnecessary head-scratching and present-buying anxiety, a month or so before Christmas and my birthday, I start to leave heavy hints with my husband about the books I’d be eternally… Continue reading

A Spoonful of Mapp and Lucia Helps the Siege of Leningrad Go Down

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How anyone is supposed to find any peace of mind and pay attention to anything other than the early days of the apocalypse is a tricky one. History books can offer some solace… Continue reading

‘Brideshead’ Revisited

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A pre-Christmas mooch around the charity shops of Fishguard unearthed a fine stash of DVDS perfect for viewing over that no-man’s land between Christmas and New Year. While I’ve never seen or read… Continue reading

Nightmares getting a bit stale? Why not reinvigorate your insomnia with Angela Carter’s ‘The Magic Toyshop’ – you may never sleep again!

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One of the joys of embarking on a reading challenge is the discovery of authors whose work has previously passed you by. Such was the case with Angela Carter, whose novel Wise Children is on… Continue reading

‘All Passion Spent’ but New Obsessions Found.

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Reading one of Jane’s delightful A to Z blog posts at Beyond Eden Rock, I decided to explore the monthly ‘Author Reads’ in the Virago Modern Classics group on Library Thing. I wasn’t… Continue reading