Monthly Archives: March 2015

“Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent (2013) – book review

There’s nothing more thrilling than having someone say “Oh you have got to read this”. Especially when it comes from someone whose taste you admire. So when you hear it more than once, it’s well nigh impossible not to nosedive … Continue reading

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“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova (2007) – book review

It’s not the film of the year, but it has provided the perfect backdrop for Julianne Moore to win her well-deserved Oscar, and it is almost certain to beautifully highlight the plight of so many people’s lives being wrecked by … Continue reading

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“Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett (2001) – book review

If you find yourself with a decent period of time to spend with your nose into a book, and are fearful of wasting the time with something that doesn’t live up to your expectations, then go no further than this … Continue reading

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“The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton (2014) – book review

I SO wanted to love this book. At the time of purchase, Waterstones had just named it “Book of the Year 2014”, and it certainly takes jacket cover of the year with its enticing glimpse into the doll’s house. The … Continue reading

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“Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction” Longlist 2015

Hot off the press : the 20-strong list of contenders for the Baileys’ Prize 2015 is out – and it’s not long until the shortlist will be announced on the 13th April (UPDATED 13/04, SEE BELOW). The Day of Reckoning … Continue reading

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“May We Be Forgiven” by A. M. Homes (2012) – book review

Delectation. The dysfunctional (in this case, American) family, and a total blast. The first thirty pages are just phenomenal, and I thought the ensuing tale was really terrific. I absolutely loved this book, in case you can’t tell. It spoils … Continue reading

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Setting the Baileys’s challenge

Up until a couple of years ago, I used to wait with baited breath to find out what the latest ‘Orange Prize for Fiction’ choice was – the award was given to a novel written by a woman, and the … Continue reading

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Baileys’ prize shortlist 2014

Still somewhat obsessed with the Baileys’ theme (hic! one tipple too many perhaps), and spot the trend no doubt to follow in general, it struck me that it would be a shame not to cast an eye over the shortlist … Continue reading

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So many helicopters … // 50 Shades review (2011)

So yes, I did read all three books and was vaguely titillated by the first, less intrigued by the second and finally deeply dismayed by the third novel. At the time, I did feel that it was a case of … Continue reading

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So here goes …

One of the things that preoccupies me unduly, in a hopefully remote future, is the prospect of losing my marbles and therefore by extension losing my love for books and my ability to gain pleasure from them. In the superlatively … Continue reading

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