Tag Archive: #AW80Books

Looking Away

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The steady rise of the far right since the financial crisis of 2008 has been one of the most frequent causes of my insomnia. I might not sleep any better, but I want… Continue reading

#AW80Books -We aren’t in Italy anymore, Toto.

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Gosh darn it! I picked Umberto Eco’s The Name Of The Rose (I am typing that in an accent a Dolmio advert would be proud of, the least you can do is read it… Continue reading

#AW80BOOKS: A Masterpiece on Suffering – Han Kang’s ‘The Vegetarian’.

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Having read several reviews of Han Kang’s writing, I suspected that I was in for a disturbing time with The Vegetarian. I was right. The novel, translated from Korean into English by Deborah Smith, contains… Continue reading

#AW80Books: What do you get if you let Merchant Ivory loose on ‘The Golden Girls’? Elizabeth Von Arnim’s ‘The Enchanted April’.

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I’m not sure where or when I picked up a copy of Elizabeth Von Arnim’s ‘The Enchanted April’. I’m always on the look-out for the tell-tale Forest green of old Virago Modern Classics… Continue reading

#AW80Books: Struggling with Ismail Kadare’s ‘The Fall of the Stone City’

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I feel a bit of a fraud writing about The Fall of the Stone City as it was one of those thankfully rare experiences which didn’t go at all well. Try as I might,… Continue reading

#AW80Books: ‘Roseanna’ by Sjowall & Wahloo

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I’m afraid this review will be more ‘scanty’ than ‘Scandi’. It’s always more difficult to find time to write during the school holidays, but currently, I also have a poorly child struck down… Continue reading

#AW80Books: Ragnar Jonasson’s ‘Snow Blind’ – Why this Mum’s gone to Iceland

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Spring has finally sprung! The snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses and primroses are out in abundance, the howling wind has given way to birdsong and every store across the land has dusted down their perennial… Continue reading

#AW80books : Get your sticky mitts off my stapler!

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‘The Room’, by Jonas Karlsson is my stop over in Sweden for #AW80books, however, it doesn’t really ever go outside the walls. Björn looks out at the snow, but it’s far more a… Continue reading

#AW80Books: Enright vs O’Farrell – Who is the Queen of the Multiple Narrative Family Meltdown?

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  Anne Enright’s The Green Road was picked as last month’s book choice for my book group. As it also tied in nicely with both our Around the World in 80 Books Reading… Continue reading

#AW80Books: Herman Hesse’s ‘Siddhartha’ – the classic that made a generation want to punch hippies

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When Karen from Kaggsysbookishramblings mentioned that she and Caroline from Beauty is a Sleeping Cat a Herman Hesse reading week a while back, I jumped at the chance to break my Hesse duck… Continue reading