Tag Archive: book review

Reading gone a bit flat? Put a Cork in it!

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I’m currently three books into Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan series. As gritty and vibrantly written as they are, I must admit, I dragged my feet the whole way through Those Who Leave and Those who… Continue reading

View over the top of Goethe’s book

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Our house is currently running on adrenaline, long teenage sighs, and occasional bouts of panic. My daughter is in the middle of her exams, the results of which will decide whether she can… Continue reading

She came from Russia, she had a thirst for revolution…

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First up, I feel bad saying bad things about novels (unless the author is dead, and especially if the author is Thomas Hardy, then I’m more than happy). Simon Sebag Montefiore has never… Continue reading

Lincoln in the Bardo

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When it comes to the American Civil War, many people in the UK only know what they’ve picked up from films, and Simpsons episodes. But while it would never be my specialist subject… Continue reading

#1951 Club: Anthony Powell’s ‘A Question of Upbringing’

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One of my reading aims for the year was to read Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time in its entirety. Alas, my plan to tackle a book a month fell… Continue reading

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

‘Rupture’ by Ragnar Jonasson – Watch out, it’s contagious!

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If you’ve read my reviews of Snow Blind, Night Blind and Black Out you’ll know that if anything was going to test my book-buying ban, Rupture (translated by Quentin Bates), the latest edition of Ragnar Jónasson’s… Continue reading

‘I want (vahnt) to be alone.’

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I think anyone who wears tippy-tippy-clicky-clacky heels and works in a building with  hard floors should be smeared in jam and given a hat made out of a wasps’ nest. That’ll make them… Continue reading

Personally, I’m more the shape of a butternut squash.

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I want you to read The Reader on the 6:27, and so this is review without spoilers. Therefore, it’s also a review that’s not likely to make much sense, but I’m hoping it will… Continue reading