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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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“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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“We Need to Talk about Kevin” by Lionel Shriver (2003) – book review

Read a good while back, and subsequently watched the film starring Tilda Swinton, but now revisiting it in the light of it being the Orange / Baileys’s book of the year for 2005, and to urge anyone who knows not the plot to … Continue reading

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“A Sweet Obscurity” by Patrick Gale (2003) – book review – & P.G.’s ‘Top Eleven Book List’

Over the years, I have steadily clocked up more and more Patrick Gale books here and there and have become quite the fan. I even find myself getting quite excited about his chats at the end of each novel, where … Continue reading

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“Case Histories” (2004), “One Good Turn (2006), “When Will There Be Good News?” (2008), “Started Early, Took My Dog” (2010) by Kate Atkinson – book reviews

             Am picturing an ideal long weekend away from it all: plenty of Prosecco on tap, nearest and dearest in but also out of the picture/room (ideally providing something comforting like shepherd’s pie periodically), the rain … 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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“A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler (2015) – book review

I don’t suppose many other people have watched the film “Philomena” three times (I know, ridiculous) and will have a clue what I am rabbiting on about, but if you too are a fan of Judi Dench and everything she touches, … Continue reading

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“Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov (1955) – book review

Lo-lo-Lolita, eureka. Couldn’t believe it when got to the Tick That Box on this one. Must have picked it up and put it down half a dozen times in as many years. Dare I confess, it was borrowing and watching … Continue reading

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“The Bees” by Laline Paull (2014) – book review

Have just put this book down and am feeling nonplussed. On the one hand, was generally overjoyed at having finished all six of the 2015 shortlisted Baileys’s Prize picks inside the deadline; on the other am loath not to be … Continue reading

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“Inside the O’Briens” by Lisa Genova (2015) – book review

A strong memory flew back into my mind as I was reading the closing pages of this new novel. The image of a hugely incapacitated lady being hand fed soup rather unsuccessfully by I presume her daughter, around four years … Continue reading

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