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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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Book Group I – Paris Evening Group

Gosh, we have clocked up over 80 books in the nine years the group has been meeting. That’s an awful lot of wine consumed as well… 2016 September – “The Glorious Heresies” by Lisa McInerney, 11/10 September – “The Story … Continue reading

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“Light Years” by James Salter (1975) – book review

Far from a “ten from Len” it’s more like a “three from me” I’m sad to report. I had great hopes and overworked anticipation when we chose this book for the January book group read at the beginning of this … Continue reading

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The Brothers Karamazov (1880) by Fyodor Dostoevsky – book review

All those hours spent reading this and checking off the Cliff Notes along the way to be sure I had not lost the plot. Have no-one to blame but myself, for ’twas I who stuck my neck out and said … Continue reading

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“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (2013) – book review

What to say about “The Goldfinch” that hasn’t already been said before? This has got to be one of the most talked-about and hyped up launches of last year : Donna Tartt, infamous for being somewhat reclusive and producing a … 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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“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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“Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner (1987) – book review

To gratefully quote an Amazon reviewer : “Probably not a book to read when you’re young – if I’d read this in my 20s, even my 30s, I don’t think I’d have got it – but for the middle-aged and … Continue reading

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“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel (2014) – book review

What this brilliant new read is NOT : It is not a science fiction novel. It is not a thriller or solely a dystopian vision of a post-apocalyptic world. It is not just about pandemics or Shakespeare or nostalgia or … 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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