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

Plague, (yes!), War (whoo!) and Hellfire (bonanza!)

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In the western world, never before has the timing of our death been so often negotiable. Unless something very catastrophic happens, a person is quite justified in thinking a threatened end is maybe… 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

This is my idea of a horror novel

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I bought it as I love Russian-y things, the freezing winter cold, or the suffocating summer heat, the cramped city living, the history and the enormity of the country that often comes through… 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

“I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.”Virginia Woolf

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Aptly enough, I got Ali Smith’s ‘Public Library and other stories’ out of the library. Initially put off by the hipsters on the cover, who cannot be in any way comfortable reading in… Continue reading

Could this be the Toughest Challenge of them all?

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Happy New Year to you all! I do hope Santa made all your booky dreams come true – if all the wonderful new Christmas book posts I’ve been snooping at are anything to… Continue reading

Happy New Books!

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Firstly, let’s begin with a review of world events in 2016 –     Yep, that pretty much covers it, now onto the books I got for Christmas. I got more than I… Continue reading

What the Dickens? I’ve finished David Copperfield!

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I’m thrilled to report that after months of procrastination, I have finally finished David Copperfield. I must admit to being chivvied along by Lucy having finished it a few weeks ago, but Shoshi’s… Continue reading