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The Quickening Maze
3.15
it was ok
I was attracted by the idea of this book - essentially about John Clare one of my favourite poets, set in the asylum period which could prove interest ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 24, 2010
 
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
3.80
really liked it
I once acted in a powerful production of Brecht's satirical masterpiece in, of all places, Kampala, Uganda

I suppose the play can be summarised as foll
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not set
Oct 02, 2010
 
The Girl on the Train
3.88
it was ok
This is the spin accompanying the book……………
A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel tak
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Feb 07, 2016
Feb 27, 2016
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
4.27
really liked it
"Half of a yellow sun" tells the story of the Nigerian/Biafra conflict through the eyes of two Igbo sisters, a houseboy, a professor and an Englishman ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 24, 2010
 
Last and First Men/Star Maker
4.01
really liked it
Have to agree with all of your comments. I first read this when I was younger and it did blow my mind. The range over time and the scope of the work i ...more
not set
Oct 02, 2010
 
The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
3.74
really liked it
This book is about the life of Lionel Logue and his relationship with King George VI and the effect he had on the future King's ability to speak confi ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
 
Freedom
3.72
liked it
**spoiler alert** I'm looking forward to reading this book since I so enjoyed Corrections.......

Well now I've finished it and want to relax into refle
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Oct 15, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
 
Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One
3.76
really liked it
Kate Adie brings alive the times of the First WW particularly the plight of women….tied to the home, little opportunity in a male dominated society. A ...more
Mar 02, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
 
The Harcombe Diet: The Recipe Book
3.86
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Real food, great taste; optimal health - that's what The Harcombe Diet® is all about and here's how to do it. With over 100 recipes ...more
May 19, 2016
May 19, 2016
 
The Harcombe Diet for Men
4.00
really liked it
I have to say this diet worked and continues to work for me. It is easy to understand with some basic principles to follow. You may eat as much of the ...more
May 21, 2016
May 19, 2016
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.95
it was amazing
The Time Traveler's Wife

We read this book at our Reading group in France a couple of year's ago. I was surprised at the group's response because there
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not set
Sep 24, 2010
 
Labyrinth (Languedoc Trilogy, #1)
3.54
it was ok
Pretty awful. Perhaps a little better than Dan Brown in scope & execution but, of course, that's not saying much.

Preferred the material dwelling o
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Nov 05, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
 
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
4.35
really liked it
Given to me by one of my sons a little while ago I finally got round to reading it this year as part of my 'challenge'. It is by layout in the form of ...more
Jan 10, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
 
Selected Poems
4.19
it was amazing
One of our cherished poets. I just love reading his work........
not set
Nov 05, 2011
 
The Possibility of an Island
3.80
it was amazing
Yet another triumph by this writer of satire and ideas....
Feb 18, 2016
Mar 18, 2016
 
The Complete Poems
4.13
really liked it
I regard these poems very highly…...
May 03, 2016
Dec 11, 2015
 
Under Milk Wood
4.15
really liked it
Well I'm from Swansea and know intimately the streets that Dylan Thomas walked so perhaps I'm prejudiced a little in his favour. But the work speaks f ...more
not set
Oct 12, 2010
 
Atlas Shrugged
3.68
really liked it
This is a ground-shaker of a book. If anyone needs some kind of re-examination of themselves and how we could/should be running the world, then I'd su ...more
not set
Sep 30, 2010
 
Lolita
3.88
really liked it
When I read this book I was expecting to be shocked. For this is after all the story of a middle age obsession with very young girls (or "nymphets") a ...more
not set
Sep 24, 2010
 
Brighton Rock
3.72
really liked it
Interesting re-read. Must have read this first when I was in college but it was not as good as other Greene novels I was reading at the time.......... ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
 
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
3.75
really liked it
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

I think one of the most influencial books I have ever read. Whilst it purports to be a novel and is certainly told as a st
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Jan 2005
Sep 24, 2010
 
Collected Works
4.15
it was amazing
Just an incredible collection. His influence on literature is immense…..

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-language writer of novels
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Feb 11, 2016
Jan 27, 2016
 
Last Year at Marienbad: Text for the Film by Alain Resnais
4.22
it was amazing
This is my favourite film of all time. I went to see it in the 60s whilst at University in Cardiff. I was with some friends, all of us interested in f ...more
not set
Oct 03, 2010
 
Soumission
3.62
it was amazing
This is an incredible book with serious and philosophical intent. The subject matter is a France in decline, a morally bankrupt nation. Centred on uni ...more
Mar 18, 2016
Mar 18, 2016
 
The New Poetry
3.62
really liked it
Came across this edition in Cleethorpes in a second hand bookshop for £1....It covers some major and relatively unknown authors e.g. Simon Armitage, C ...more
May 18, 2016
May 18, 2016
 
Shooting an Elephant
4.11
it was amazing
I first read this when I was in school and subsequently taught it when I became a Lecturer. I found almost all of my students were able to like and a ...more
not set
Oct 02, 2010
 
The Ice Cream Girls
3.95
really liked it
I read this whilst on holiday. Well....I listened to it on tape as an audio book. I also remember seeing it on TV many years ago. Thoroughly enjoyed i ...more
Feb 17, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
 
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
3.67
really liked it
I liked this author Mohsin Hamid and loved his simple style and direct language. For some reason I read this easily and quickly, perhaps something to ...more
Feb 02, 2016
Feb 27, 2016
 
Britain and the EU: In or Out?
3.24
liked it
As a basic introduction to the EU it was fine and it touched on some of the issues but mostly from an historic perspective. I also felt it was outdate ...more
Mar 09, 2016
Mar 09, 2016
 
The Constant Gardener
3.77
liked it
Read this whilst on holiday and enjoyed the intrigue and story-telling. But then I suppose the author is renown for these skills. Some of the characte ...more
Feb 13, 2016
Feb 27, 2016
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