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#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

Schoolboy larks and High Jinks with RK Narayan’s ‘Swami and Friends’

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When Deepika at Worn Corners mentioned an RK Narayan Readalong, I jumped at the chance to join in. I discovered RK Narayan when we read Mr Sampath, The Printer of Malgudi for our book group… Continue reading

Graham Greene and a floating neon message in a bottle

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Yesterday, the rabbit hole that is Youtube pulled me into watching an occasionally wibbly VHS (adjust the tracking!), early nineties documentary about Graham Greene, one of those Arena ones that start with a… Continue reading

None of my aunties are this much fun.

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Henry Pulling, an unmarried, retired bank manager meets his last remaining relative, a colourful septuagenarian aunt called Augusta, at his mother’s funeral. Within days his mother’s ashes have been used for marijana smuggling… Continue reading

Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick.

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Sometimes I wonder if there is a crime filter, that makes anything illegal that happened between Queen Victoria’s death and the Kray Twins/Great train robbery era of the 1960s, and outside of a… Continue reading

Puffins are not baby penguins.

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When I was a little girl I was a member of the Puffin Club, which was the children’s division of Penguin publishing, so for a little while there, I thought a puffin was… Continue reading

‘You’re lucky. I don’t have time to read books.’

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Yeah, and you’re lucky I don’t take your off-hand remark and turn it into a whole bitchy blog post. Oops, sorry, too late. What is it with people thinking they are too busy… Continue reading