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The Bell
3.84
Religious community life: tension, spirituality, suppressed sexuality, practicality. Less overtly philosophical than Under the Net.
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May 30, 2008
 
P. G. Wodehouse: Man and Myth
4.57
The definitive literary biography of PGW. If you read this, you can pick and chose the others, but it's far better than McCrum's attempt.
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May 30, 2008
 
In a Land of Plenty
3.95
Epic, brilliantly written. Wonderful despite (because of?) some nasty people/events. Cleverly pulls your sympathies between different characters at di ...more
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May 30, 2008
 
The Complete Talking Heads
4.29
Thirteen sad monologues, all with a twist. More happens in what is unsaid than what is said. Not a good idea to read too many in one sitting - moreish ...more
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May 30, 2008
 
To the North
3.67
Sisters in law, sharing a house but living fairly separate but overlapping lives. Lots of movement and travel allusions, though not much actually happ ...more
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May 30, 2008
 
The Flight from the Enchanter
3.71
Interesting 50s office sexual politics: secretaries slowly and carefully getting promoted and taking over, unchallenged. Cold war influences re the si ...more
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May 30, 2008
 
The Time of the Angels
3.84
Set in a vicarage - without a church. A reclusive priest of dubious faith and immoral habits, his 24-ish daughter, creepy "disabled" 19 year old niece ...more
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May 30, 2008
 
Talking Heads
4.23
Thirteen sad monologues, all with a twist. More happens in what is unsaid than what is said. Not a good idea to read too many in one sitting - moreish ...more
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Jun 14, 2008
 
Breakdown At Tiffany's (and other stories)
4.00
An enjoyable and intriguing collection of short stories: some funny, some sad, a few that are both, mostly dark and with a twist at the end to keep yo ...more
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Oct 21, 2011
 
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
4.01
Poignant short story of repressed feelings, mystery and missed opportunity in a small impoverished southern community, concerning Miss Amelia, cousin ...more
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May 30, 2008
 
Buried Alive
3.56
This delightful book is far too short, though according to the Preface of "The Old Wives' Tale" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...), it "was re ...more
Feb 09, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
 
The Unicorn
3.64
Like a mix of PG Wodehouse and English country house mystery on West End stage, with religious symbolism (unicorn=purity) thrown in. Unsettlingly cree ...more
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May 30, 2008
 
Little Boy Lost
4.06
Written and set shortly after WW2, it tells the story of Hilary, an English widower and poet, looking for his son in Paris, whom he last saw on the da ...more
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 23, 2009
 
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
4.17
A delightful collection of essays by a bibliophile, for fellow bibliophiles. Small enough for a pocket, great for dipping in to.

She describes growing
...more
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Jan 03, 2009
 
Franz Kafka's The Castle (Dramatization)
4.04
An extraordinary combination of beauty and subtle, paranoid horror - "growing inured to disappointment". Who else can make snow sinister (scary perhap ...more
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May 30, 2008
 
The Uncommon Reader
3.82
Beautiful novella, imagining the effect on courtiers, corgis and protocol if the Queen develops a reading habit. The books she chooses are carefully c ...more
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Jul 14, 2008
 
Reflections in a Golden Eye
3.84
A novella set in an army camp in the US south in the 50s or 60s. It concerns six characters (two officer couples, a servant and a conscript), each wit ...more
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Nov 22, 2008
 
The Castle
4.00
An extraordinary combination of beauty and subtle, paranoid horror - "growing inured to disappointment". Who else can make snow sinister (scary perhap ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2010
 
The Member of the Wedding
3.79
Lonely motherless tomboy confronting sudden adolescence, prompted by her older brother's wedding. Some similarities with "To Kill a Mocking Bird" (htt ...more
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May 30, 2008
 
Letters from Father Christmas
4.20
A lovely collection of letters from Father Christmas ("aided" by JRRT) to Tolkien's children.

The tone and content of the letters changes over time to
...more
not set
May 30, 2008
 
The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories
4.01
Poignant short story of repressed feelings, mystery and missed opportunity in a small impoverished southern community, concerning Miss Amelia, cousin ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Mortgaged Heart: Selected Writings
4.06
This collection is collated and introduced by Carson's sister and is mostly short stories. However, it also includes articles, poems, brief notes abou ...more
Apr 13, 2009
Apr 05, 2009
 
The Trial
3.98
Quintissential Kafka, apparently prompted by an unexpected interrogation in a Berlin hotel room re his intentions re Felice, conducted by her and a co ...more
not set
May 30, 2008
 
The Importance of Being Earnest
4.16
Almost every line is a gem. Yes, it's all very self-consciously clever, and there are holes in the plot, but that's not the point. Try to pick your fa ...more
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Jun 09, 2008
 
A Hunger Artist
4.15
This is a collection of four short stories, at least three of which concern performance art. These four are also included in some version of The Metam ...more
Dec 07, 2014
May 30, 2008
 
Mervyn Peake: The Man and His Art
4.35
What a wonderful, lavishly illustrated, insight into Peake and his works. It has much in common with the 1974 book, "Mervyn Peake: Writings and Drawin ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
 
The Fight for English: How Language Pundits Ate, Shot, and Left
3.87
This deceptively lightweight book should be compulsory reading for every obsessive pedant and equally for those who take a totally laissez faire appro ...more
Dec 13, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
3.95
Like most of McCullers stories, this is concerns lonely people living in the deep south. This one is set during WW2, told with strong musical currents ...more
May 23, 2009
May 30, 2008
 
Gormenghast (Gormenghast, #2)
3.97
The sequel to the wonderful Titus Groan. At his christening, Titus, heir to the earldom of Gormenghast (accidentally) ripped the ancient book of ritua ...more
Jan 2009
May 30, 2008
 
Century Rain
3.87
WOW! What a cracking - but crazy - read. I'm still reeling from it. It doesn't get muddled or daft and yet it has everything... really... everything: ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
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