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The Bettanys of Taverton High
Frankly, I thought this was lovely! It was a real tribute to Elinor Brent-Dyer's characters and world, obviously written by someone who knows it well ...more
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Sep 22, 2009
The Dark Realm (Feyland, #1)
One of the best versions of Tam Lin I've read. The main characters, Jennet and Tam, are strongly drawn, both sympathetic and flawed. The setting is fa ...more
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Jan 16, 2014
Champion of the Chalet School
This was a really nice read. The storylines are very gentle, but quite interesting. I enjoyed reading about Betsy Lucy as a character, and I thought P ...more
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
Calendar Girl
I was disappointed in this book, to be honest. Tricia Stewart doesn't have much of a talent for writing - her style reads like a schoolgirl's diary. O ...more
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Feb 08, 2014
We Used to Be Kings
It's hard to find the words to describe this book. It is at times scary, funny and sad, but mostly terribly, terribly sad. It's about a boy, Tom, whos ...more
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Feb 21, 2014
The Six Bad Boys (Mystery & Adventure)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which is very different from most of Enid Blyton's other work. It's the story of six young boys, though focus ...more
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Nov 03, 2009
The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus
This book strongly advocates foolishness - that is, foolishness in the eyes of the world. Brennan Manning suggests that instead of following our insti ...more
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Mar 31, 2009
The Magicians' Guild (Black Magician, #1)
I very much enjoyed this book and the other two in the trilogy - the characterisation was simple but not dull, and Sonea is an interesting and appeali ...more
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Mar 15, 2009
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (Jane Austen Addict, #1)
I really enjoyed this book. It was very funny and as Regency England isn't my period I wasn't bothered by historical inaccuracies!

Although I understa
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Oct 10, 2009
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron (Shades of Grey, #1)
It took me a little while to get my head round this as it's so different from any of Fforde's other books, but he is an incredible world builder. The ...more
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Jan 20, 2010
Spring Term (The Marlows, #11)
One of the best sequels not written by the original author that I've ever read. Language - dialogue and description - all spot-on. Characters brillian ...more
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Dec 27, 2011
Five Children on the Western Front
I loved the idea of this book as soon as I heard about it, and I haven't been disappointed.

In some ways and at some times, it feels like simply the ol
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 01, 2015
The Art of Being Normal
I was talked into buying this by a bookseller at Waterstones and I am so glad! It was completely awesome. Seriously, I love it and will definitely be ...more
Jan 07, 2015
Jan 02, 2015
A Dream of Sadler's Wells (Sadler's Wells, #1)
Veronica is a kind, generous, naive, spontaneous, intelligent, emotional girl with incredible passion. She lives to dance and anything that might stop ...more
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Mar 15, 2009
Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
As a complete non-scientist (GCSE and A-Level Biology is all I have) I found this book very hard work but absolutely fascinating. I did have the advan ...more
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Feb 22, 2010
The Brontes Went to Woolworths
I enjoyed this books immensely. First, it's very funny - the imaginings of the girls (and their mother) are always unexpected and entertaining, and it ...more
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Jan 13, 2010
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)
Under the Never Sky was... interesting in some ways. It could have been very violent and thrilling, but actually it was told slowly and very... nicely ...more
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Dec 17, 2014
Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis
I won't describe Michael Ward's theory, as many others have done it far better than I could. I loved the book. Ward makes a very, very convincing argu ...more
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Sep 14, 2009
Universe of Stone: A Biography of Chartres Cathedral
I really enjoyed this book. I have a very basic background in Medieval history and none at all in architecture, but didn't find Philip Ball at all too ...more
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Nov 23, 2009
A Coronet for Cathie
Cathie starts out as a delicate invalid who unexpectedly finds herself the a Duchess. She battles her ill-health and finds her feet as the heiress to ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
I picked this book up thinking it was going to be a light-hearted romp with a bit of a message... but it's a lot more than that. It actually made me c ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Jan 04, 2015
The Boy in the Smoke (Shades of London, #0.5)
Oh, I loved this! It was wonderful to read more about Stephen and see how he became what he was in Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath. I real ...more
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Mar 10, 2014
The Shack
I was going to give this four stars because, frankly, it's not that well written. But for me, the content more than made up for that. It's a powerfull ...more
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Mar 31, 2009
The Beaulieu Finishing School for Secret Agents
I enjoyed this book because I'm interested in the subject, but it was very broad and not particularly detailed. There were few accounts of specific pe ...more
Apr 03, 2009
Apr 04, 2009
Seahenge: A Quest for Life and Death in Bronze Age Britain
This book was my introduction to prehistory and I actually couldn't put it down (not until my eyelids shut of their own accord about three in the morn ...more
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Mar 28, 2009
Britain BC: Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans
I've never studied prehistory properly - my history degree mostly concentrated on the Early Modern period - but I found this book completely fascinati ...more
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Mar 28, 2009
Murder Most Unladylike (Wells and Wong, #1)
This is an utterly GORGEOUS book about a pair of schoolgirls who solve the mystery of the murder of their Science mistress. It's set in the 1930s and ...more
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Jul 11, 2014
Wow! I've only read about a dozen of Georgette Heyer's books, so can't claim to be an expert, but this is very different from anything I've read of he ...more
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Mar 05, 2010
The Magician's Apprentice (Black Magician Trilogy, #0.5)
I enjoyed this, though I suspect it's better to read the Magician's Guild trilogy first, as that enables you to see where some of the plotlines are go ...more
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Mar 15, 2009
The Whim of the Dragon (The Secret Country, #3)
I enjoyed this book - the whole series, in fact. The characters were really well drawn and I liked the way it ended. The only problem was that the who ...more
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Mar 28, 2009
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