Tag Archives: Middlemarch

Clichés abound : “the first step in a thousand miles” …

My favourite person of the female sex (never let it be said that am not keeping up with the world in terms of political correctness) will be turning 18 next September. Over recent months she has started tackling some of … Continue reading

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The Guardian’s 100 Best Novels by Robert McCrum, August 2015: two years in the making, 400 years in the writing…

      Still feeling bereft at having finished “Middlemarch” and determined to go the whole hog with more of those classic reads, when along comes another grandiose book list. Will this one stop the Sunday Times’ list from resting … Continue reading

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“The Classics Club” Five Year Challenge – taking the bull by the horns

It’s altogether too tempting to be led off the straight and narrow by all these exciting new novels that just keep appearing and calling for attention. In the meanwhile, am embarrassed to tot up the countless tomes that have gone down in the … Continue reading

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“Middlemarch” by George Eliot (1871) – joining the mile high club…

Deep rapture, euphoria, beatitude and other superlatives. Veneration, wonderment and general doffing of caps. Have finally joined the several mile high crowd of fan club of all things Mary Ann Evans, and what’s even better is that there is still … Continue reading

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The “Sunday Times 100 Books to Love” list

Another British list, compiled by the Sunday Times and faithfully recorded on Good Reads at the end of 2013. Curiosity killed the proverbial cat, though – by whom was it compiled?? – thoughts at end of the hundred-strong list.   … 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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Reading Challenge from January 2015

It’s Mother’s Day here in France – so go ahead and indulge me. Am totally smitten by a beautiful yet much unneeded book I ended up buying (myself, any excuse) in W H Smith on the rue de Rivoli just recently … Continue reading

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