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

Where are you hiding, Umberto Eco?

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Much as I’m currently enjoying my foray into Nordic Noir, I’m starting to think ahead and plan my reading for the next few months. I’ll be heading off to a family wedding in… Continue reading

It’s raining books!

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…Hallelujah! It’s raining books,  hallelujah! I’m gonna go out, I’m gonna let myself get, seriously bruised and possibly concuuusssssed!!*   *Yeah, it falls apart there.  There’s no umbrella strong enough to handle a… Continue reading

#AW80Books: ‘The Man Who Went Up in Smoke’ by Sjowall & Wahloo

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It’s been a while since I read the first novel by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Roseanna, and as I’ve abandoned myself to my current craving for crime, I thought I’d dig out the… Continue reading

We went round Goethe’s house

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I do love a wander about the homes of cultural and historical figures, and so on Saturday I thoroughly enjoyed a look around the house where Goethe was born. I’ve also been to… Continue reading

Should I go on a Reading Diet?

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At New Year I frantically scribbled lists of possible books I might read over the course of the year. I tried to include a variety and left plenty of room for random choices,… Continue reading

Vive la Resistance!

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Well, this seems fitting. I’ve enjoyed C. J. Sansom’s Tudor crime thrillers in the past, and saw this brick of a book (700+ pages) in my library, while coincidentally, I was browsing for… Continue reading

Fed up of no snow? Try some Ice with a Slice (of family dysfunction).

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As the nights draws in each year, weather predictions start to appear about the forthcoming winter. The next one is always going to be ‘the big one’ with projections of record-breaking snowfall, plummeting… 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