Monthly Archives: June 2015

“Marnie” by Winston Graham (1961) – book review

Outrage!! Hitchcock did it again!! The film of “Marnie” is one I watched many many moons ago and which we recently revisited here at home, so the amnesia had not had time to set in when I grabbed the book … Continue reading

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Book Group II – Susan’s Club, U.K.

THANK YOU, Susan and your book group, for sharing your reads over the last few years to add to the growing collection. Quite brilliant. Will update periodically as more titles are added over the forthcoming months, and look forward to … Continue reading

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“The Stranger’s Child” by Alan Hollinghurst (2011) – book review

I remember the day I began reading this book. A bookcase at home unsurprisingly collapsed, Tower of Babel-like, under the weight of so many tomes, and as its replacement was lovingly installed, I came across this novel and decided to … Continue reading

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“The Thing Around Your Neck” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2009) – book review

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a novelist with a strong voice and a heavy axe to grind. She is unafraid to stand tall and proclaim her concerns about her people: she writes about the Biafran war and how it tears apart … Continue reading

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“The Mountain Story” by Lori Lansens (2015) – book review

Expectations were perhaps unduly high when this book came onto the radar, having so loved Lori Lansen’s “The Girls” and “The Wife’s Tale” in particular. Enjoyed but cannot rave about this story of four apparent strangers getting unexpectedly lost together … Continue reading

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“White Teeth” by Zadie Smith (1999) – book review

I’d give my absolute eyeteeth to have a cup of tea with Zadie Smith. The critics’ comments splashed all round the cover of this national bestseller give a hint of what’s to come (good news, seeing as just occasionally the reviews … Continue reading

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The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award – 2015 winner announced 17th June & “One City One Book” and “City Reads”

With its staggering 100,000 € prize, I’m wondering how I hadn’t heard of this before embarking upon the Literary Ramblings? Is this a well-known event? Presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English, and one of … Continue reading

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