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Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1)
4.04
Japanese author and Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata is famous for his ‘palm of the hand’ stories, stories so small and taciturn that they could fit i ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
 
The Light Between Oceans
3.96
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

A few years ago, my husband and I visited an antiquated lighthouse at the very edge of
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Jun 08, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
 
Night Road
4.18
**spoiler alert** Lexi Baill’s life has been anything but easy. With an absent father and heroin-addict mother, Lexi finds herself shunted from foster ...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
 
Tender Is the Night
3.83
Tender is the Night, one of F Scott Fitzgerald’s later works, was begun in 1925, but was not published until some years later. Indeed, the lapse betwe ...more
Nov 21, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
 
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
4.09
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

In the few months before my little sister started primary school, she had a new best f
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Jun 16, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
3.95
The setting of John Vaillant’s remarkable work of narrative non-fiction The Tiger is Primorye, a little known province in Russia’s far east, a cruel a ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
 
Peaches for Monsieur le Curé (Chocolat, #3)
3.94
3.5 stars

This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.


“Someone once told me, that in France alone, a quarter of a million letters a
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Sep 03, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
 
The Last Anniversary
3.67
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com

Having read rather a good deal of chick lit this year, I’ve found that these novels ten
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Dec 26, 2010
Dec 29, 2010
 
The Other Side of You
3.75
Caravaggio’s famously evocative painting the Supper at Emmaus depicts a scene from the gospel of St Luke in which a deceptively unprepossessing man wh ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
 
The Various Flavors of Coffee
3.49
In my family the humble stove-top espresso is a powerful signifier, marking both time, such as the beginning of a day or the contemplative lull after ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
 
Instances of the Number 3
3.39
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com

When Peter Hansome dies in a car accident, a number of carefully concealed–or perhaps s
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Apr 02, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
 
The Sad Truth About Happiness: A Novel
2.96
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

There are many kinds of bad novels. There are those that are simply bad for me, those
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Feb 2013
Feb 04, 2013
 
Black Mamba Boy
3.65
Ten year old Jama, protagonist of Nadifa Mohamed’s Orange Prize short listed Black Mamba Boy, is a boy of multiple stories, multiple lives, and multip ...more
Oct 11, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
 
Sunset Oasis
3.85
The sixth novel by celebrated Egyptian author Bahaa Taher, Sunset Oasis has already garnered accolades far and wide, with the Booker-esque Arabic Fict ...more
Sep 08, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
 
On A Chinese Screen
3.82
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

I have a friend who's a former chef. The only thing he loathes more than poor-quality
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Mar 13, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
 
Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)
4.07
3.5 stars

This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

Melbourne is a city of serendipity and chance meetings, and I rather suspect
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Feb 13, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
The Journal of Dora Damage
3.62
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

“Finishing is the way [a] book presents itself to the world and gets noticed; the forw
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Sep 07, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
 
Penelope
2.72
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

I used to run a blog called Misapostrophication. In large part it was a catalogue of t
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Feb 11, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
Lifesaving for Beginners
3.78
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

My primary school was a tiny place, one so small that it had no play area to speak of.
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Feb 16, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
 
Big Ray
3.73
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

My father is a small man. He is small in stature. He is small in emotions. And he is a
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Mar 2013
Mar 04, 2013
 
Possessed
2.85
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

I've always had qualms about the "if you like X you'll like Y!" comparison trick that
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Jan 23, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
 
Journey from Venice
3.68
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

Venice is the only place in Italy I’ve been to–unless the countryside scudding along o
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Mar 24, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
 
Preincarnate
3.25
3.5 stars

This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

Preincarnate is not so much a novella as it is a whorl of ideas fashioned int
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Jan 20, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
 
A Change For The Better
3.50
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

I picked up Susan Hill’s A Change for the Better from the shelves of the Little Librar
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Apr 2013
Apr 02, 2013
 
The Outsiders
4.00
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

“Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not t
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Jan 2013
Jan 09, 2013
 
Portrait Of An Artist, As An Old Man
3.18
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

Like many readers probably are, I'm fascinated by recursion: by sentences that can car
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Dec 29, 2012
Jan 09, 2013
 
The Last Whale
4.10
Holidaying south of Perth last year, I visited a lighthouse that had once run on whale oil, a clean and bright burning oil that was a popular choice f ...more
Nov 10, 2010
Nov 10, 2010
 
The Radleys
3.45
Over the years, Peter and Helen Radley have invested so heavily in the bank of middle-class conformity that the recent financial crisis ought likely h ...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
 
Fishing for Tigers
3.54
3.5 stars

This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com.

You can't tell a story forward, not really, says Mischa Reese in Emily Maguir
...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 19, 2012
 
Miss Garnet's Angel
3.70
This review originally appeared at www.readinasinglesitting.com

For someone whose background involves copious amounts of Jungian psychoanalysis, it's n
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Dec 06, 2010
Dec 07, 2010
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