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Gerard Woodward

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Gerard Woodward (born 1961) is a British novelist, poet and short story writer, best known for his trilogy of novels concerning the troubled Jones family, the second of which, I'll Go To Bed at Noon, was shortlisted for the 2004 Man-Booker Prize.[1] He was born in London and briefly studied painting at Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall. He later attended the London School of Economics, where he studied Social Anthropology, and Manchester University, where he studied for an MA in the same subject. In 1989 he won a major Eric Gregory Award for poets under thirty and his first collection of poetry, Householder, won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1991. His first novel, August, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. In 2011 he was writer in re ...more

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I'll Go to Bed at Noon

3.74 avg rating — 382 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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August

3.55 avg rating — 241 ratings — published 2001 — 7 editions
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Nourishment

3.42 avg rating — 259 ratings — published 2010 — 12 editions
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A Curious Earth

3.60 avg rating — 167 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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Vanishing

3.64 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 2014 — 8 editions
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Caravan Thieves

3.81 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Legoland

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The Seacunny

3.33 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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We Were Pedestrians

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Householder

4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1991
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I have finished my new novel and my publisher has enthusiastically agreed that it should be shared with the world, and is making arrangements to bring that about. At some point in the near future they will, I expect, ask me to change bits of it, but otherwise I am free of that novel and now have a chance to think about what to write next. Looking up from my screen for the first time in three ye... Read more of this blog post »
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August I'll Go to Bed at Noon A Curious Earth
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Miss Jane by Brad Watson
Miss Jane
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Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
Hangsaman
by Shirley Jackson
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wonderfully strange, insightful coming of age novel
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The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter
The Monkey's Mask
by Dorothy Porter
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lesbian detective novel in verse with strong erotic element - you'd think it would be a slow difficult read but in fact I read the whole thing in a couple of hours, the poetry format meant everything extraneous was cut out of the narrative and we we ...more
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The Life of the Robin by David Lack
The Life of the Robin
by David Lack
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Delightful study of the robin, first published in the 1940s based on studies in South Devon, an early example of the use of bird ringing to aid identification. I loved the stuff about their territorial behaviour, how a small wood becomes a world divi ...more
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The Story of Alice by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
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wonderful study of Carroll and Alice Liddell and the afterlife of the Alice books - they remained friends (or at least kept in touch) long after Alice had grown up and become Mrs Hargreaves. I especially liked the details of elderly Alice as a celebr ...more
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The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald
The Emigrants
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Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey
Dear Thief
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A novel that amazes on every page, written as a single (very long) letter, it free ranges across the history of a marriage and the friendship that destroyed it, and so much else. Utterly beautiful.
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Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman
Boxer, Beetle
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Awesome debut, in which a collector of Nazi memorabilia gets mixed up with sinister hit man on hunt for a rare item of Third Reich entomology, interwoven with 1930s fascists, jewish boxers, the battle of Cable Street and a climax reminiscent of The M ...more
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Meetings With Remarkable Men by G.I. Gurdjieff
by G.I. Gurdjieff
Right around the turn of the 20th century, G.I. Gurdjieff initiated a group of spiritual adventurers called the "Seekers of Truth". These intrepid intellectuals of every stripe criss-crossed Africa and Asia in search of the hidden mysteries of antiquity. In Meetings with Remarkable Men, Gurdjieff narrates their exploits while drawing portraits of these extraordinary figure....
GRR 4.10
P/B £6.99 - Kindle £1.92
320 pages.
 
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To the Heart of the Nile Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa by Pat Shipman
by Pat Shipman
In 1859, at age fourteen, Florence Szasz stood before a room full of men and waited to be auctioned to the highest bidder. But slavery and submission were not to be her destiny: Sam Baker, a wealthy English gentleman and eminent adventurer, was moved by compassion and an immediate, overpowering empathy for the young woman, and braved extraordinary perils to help her escape
GRR 3.63
PB £8.09 No Kindle
448 pages
 
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August by Gerard Woodward
by Gerard Woodward
It has become a tradition for Aldous Jones to take his family camping in Wales, and he has started to feel that a certain symbiosis has developed between their North London home and the Welsh village that they only ever see in August. However, as the years pass, Aldous's family idyll starts to disintegrate and the farm becomes a place drenched in memory.
GRR 3.62
PB £6.74 No Kindle
308 pages
 
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