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The Nice and the Good
**spoiler alert** "Theo had begun to glimpse the distance which separates the nice from the good, and the vision of this gap had terrified his soul".

Aug 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Having seen several different film/television adaptations of this book, I was all set to make this my favourite Jane Austen novel, but a few things ke ...more
May 2011
May 07, 2011
Empress Matilda: Uncrowned Queen Of England
Interesting topic, but I felt it was not researched or analysed properly, meaning there were some inaccuracies and assumptions which annoyed me signif ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 03, 2014
Spirit of the Titanic
I don't usually read Young Adult fiction, but this caught my eye when browsing. I am hugely interested in the whole Titanic story, and this was a well ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 26, 2011
William Walton: Behind the Facade
What music of William Walton that I know, I have always enjoyed and regarded highly. The Crown Imperial March, Belshazzar's Feast, Henry V - all wonde ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 04, 2013
Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir
I knew when I picked this up that it would be a disturbing read, and it certainly was. It's hard to describe what I feel about it; while I can't say t ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Ethan Frome
**spoiler alert** Wharton's Ethan Frome is a story as bleak as the unforgiving landscape surrounding it. Not for nothing is the town called Starkfield ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 10, 2013
Our Sound is Our Wound: Contemplative Listening to a Noisy World -- The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2010
I found this book very inspiring and thought provoking. The first two chapters, in particular, were of interest to me (The Sound of Scripture, The Sou ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 03, 2013
Silas Marner (Wordsworth Classics)
I'd been looking to read this for ages, but kept putting it off. This was partly because I'd struggled to get into 'Middlemarch' and also because of t ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 07, 2013
I was working in a bookshop when I read this, and I finished it while on holiday. I have a strange memory when it comes to books - even though sometim ...more
Oct 2010
Feb 01, 2011
The Distant Land Of My Father

I was very interested to read (just before beginning to read the book) that Bo Caldwell based the character of Joseph Schoene on her own
Jun 2011
Jun 03, 2011
The Mill on the Floss
I first came across this book in an English Literature exam. It was the kind of exam where you're given a selection of excerpts and poems which you've ...more
Apr 2010
Feb 04, 2011
North and South
**spoiler alert** I have heard a lot of people draw comparisons between North and South and Pride and Prejudice. There are certainly similarities - in ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 30, 2012
The Woman Reader
‘The Woman Reader’ by Barbara Jack traces the history of women’s literacy, both reading and writing, from the earliest records to the present day. It’ ...more
Oct 2012
Aug 03, 2012
The Bell Jar
**spoiler alert** Apparently when Sylvia Plath died, she was not the recognised name that she is today. Her poetry was little known, and 'The Bell Jar ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 15, 2013
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Don't try to compare it to the other Bronte sisters' books as it is a very different type of book to 'Jane Eyre' or 'Wuthering Heights'. I really like ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 21, 2011
Islam Considered: A Christian View
An excellent, simple but not simplistic, look at Islam - looking at its history, core tenets and beliefs, and what its part is in the world. It was wr ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 19, 2014
The Hearing Trumpet
A strange, unlikely tale whose often absurd surrealism exposes the surreal-ness of everyday life. It echoes the absurdism of Eugene Ionesco while some ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 08, 2011
Alias Grace
I'm a big believer in the power of the ending. I can get past a mediocre beginning if the rest of the book is good, but the ending is what I usually r ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 04, 2011
The Abortionist's Daughter
I'm not sure if the fact that I guessed who the murderer was on the second page is a consequence of me having watched too many crime dramas or a refle ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 11, 2013
A Spell Of Winter
Unsettling and dark. I wish I'd had the time to be able to read this in one sitting as I feel that the build-up and release would have been more effec ...more
Oct 2011
Sep 10, 2011
Pride and Prejudice
There's not much to say about this that hasn't already been said. Personally, I find it a good introduction to Jane Austen, but she wrote other books ...more
Oct 2005
Feb 06, 2011
Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life
A bit boring, to be honest. Not as funny as I was led to believe it would be.
Apr 2014
Apr 11, 2014
Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)
Nov 2001
May 09, 2013
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Jun 2009
Feb 05, 2011
Sense and Sensibility
Aug 2007
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 2008
Feb 06, 2011
Sep 2005
Feb 06, 2011
The Lovely Bones
Jul 2004
Feb 07, 2011
The Time Traveler's Wife
Aug 2005
Feb 07, 2011
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