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“The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes (2011 ) – book review

Still breathing out through my nose since finishing this book ten minutes ago (that was about a year ago, admittedly, but still remember picking up my pen to write this down at the time). I have got such a soft … Continue reading

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“Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1985) – book review

Found my review of this from way back when. ‘Stunning. Like tumbling into a bath of soapy suds or one of rose petals. Utterly magnificent. What a spellbinding web he weaves’. Hark at me! Was clearly in full romantic mode … Continue reading

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“The Guest Cat” by Takashi Hiraide (2014) – book review

This is going to be a book that will divide the crowds. Love it or left untouched by it? Want to return to it indefinitely to linger over passages, or happy to put it down with a heartfelt sigh and … Continue reading

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“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (2014) – book review

“No two persons ever read the same book.” Emily St. John Mandel quoted Edmund Wilson at the recent book reading at Shakespeare and Company, in reference to her “Station Eleven” narration, and this book is perhaps the perfect example of … Continue reading

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“The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne” by Brian Moore (1955) – book review

Irish writer Brian Moore was shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, but never won the big award during his lifetime. This book did not actually make the shortlist, but was translated into a film I need to hunt out starring Maggie Smith … Continue reading

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“No et Moi” by Delphine de Vigan (2007) – book review

“Moi je me suis dit que si chacun d’entre nous accueillait un sans-abri, si chacun décidait de s’occuper d’une personne, une seule, de l’aider, de l’accompagner, peut-être qu’il y en aurait moins dans la rue. Mon père m’a répondu que … Continue reading

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“How To Be Both” by Ali Smith (2014) – book review

Ali Smith is a genius. She is undoubtedly a contender for ‘author of the year’. And this is quite possibly the write-up of the times (hers, not mine, goes without saying), although the jacket cover, while being very alluring, is … Continue reading

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“My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier (1951) – book review

If you enjoyed “Rebecca” then there is every likelihood you will find much to love about the far more tangible Rachel. The back of the book is likely to tell you that the story hangs on what happens in the … Continue reading

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“The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989) – book review

“But what is the sense in forever speculating what might have happened had such and such a moment turned out differently? One could presumably drive oneself to distraction in this way”. We just re-watched this true precursor to Downton Abbey, … Continue reading

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“Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life” by Nina Stibbe (2013) – book review

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. HAHAHA.  Laugh-out loud funny. Thank you for the recommendation, S. Not since the original Bridget Jones hit the shelves back in 1996 has a book made me cackle so merrily. Helen Fielding had us all … Continue reading

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