Monthly Archives: April 2015

Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 – shortlist

The Shortlist 2015 has been announced!! The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction – the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman – is delighted to announce the 2015 shortlist. This year’s six shortlisted books’ selection includes … Continue reading

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“Suite Française” by Irène Némirovsky (2004) – book review

 I think I might get lynched for saying this, but I couldn’t really get along with this book very well at all. I know the personal history is tragic, and it is remarkable that the novel was written during the … Continue reading

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“L’Élégance du Hérisson” / “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery (2006) – book review

Couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about for well nigh two thirds of this prizewinner. Found the philosophising overbearing, the pace annoying and the vocabulary quite frankly difficult en français. Then all of a sudden the magic began to … Continue reading

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“Stoner” by John Williams (1965) – book review

A very great friend who is married to a very great friend (let’s just call him “Mr P” for short) was reading this one holiday weekend, and I always like to fly along on his literary cuffs*, for he is … Continue reading

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“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (2015) – book review

Ooh, I did enjoy this! As confessed previously, I know that buying hardback books always seems like sacrilege in this day and age, but just every now and again I can’t help myself. Buying any books at all when there … Continue reading

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“Do No Harm – Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery” by Henry Marsh (2014) – book review

“What a bloody, splendid book” (The Observer). If K had not recommended this book, I probably couldn’t have touched it with a barge pole. Famous in the family for fainting and banging my head on radiators when children have picked … Continue reading

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“Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier (1938) and “Daphne du Maurier” by Margaret Forster (1993) – book reviews

Dare I say it – we got there first… Read of the month for our book group in March 2015 was none other than the British classic “Rebecca”. Some of us were revisiting it, others were coming ‘fresh’ to Daphne … Continue reading

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The Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction

These awards, unbelievably, have been on the go for almost a century and are coming up to celebrating their 100th birthday. A book lover’s paradise. And a fine excuse for another list to work through:   Winners for Fiction (2000 – … Continue reading

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