Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess
Having read Vanora Bennett’s The People’s Queen, it was interesting reading this to see how the interpretations of John of Gaunts character compare. O...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
Starter for Ten
Saw the film adaptation of Starter for Ten a long time ago, when I was at university. Since then, I’ve read One Day by David Nicholls too. Nicholls mu...more
Apr 30, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
Charlotte's Web
Since I’d never read this as a child, I thought I’d give it a go as you’re never too old to read kid’s books. This one featured talking animals, alway...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
Between Extremes
Certainly the ‘insane restlessness’ that was our natural reaction to captivity needed to be relieved and fulfilled by exploring this place of our fant...more
Feb 19, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
Witness the Night
I’d heard of female foeticide in India before reading this book but it was much more powerful than any news story because of the emotions Kishwar Desa...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
Vanity Fair
Ah! Vanitas Vanitatum! which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has desire? Or, having it, is satisfied? – Come, children let us shut up the bo...more
Jul 31, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
I miss Moscow

Last line from Snowdrops. Whoever decided Snowdrops should be on the Booker Prize shortlist must have нахуячиться to liven it up because...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
And this baby, made in India, will always remind me that India, to some extent, made me.

Last line from Holy Cow. Travel literature should make you wan...more
Oct 09, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Jane Eyre
‘My Master,’ he says, ‘has forewarned me. Daily He announces more distinctly, - “Surely I come quickly!” and hourly I more eagerly respond, - “Amen; e...more
Sep 2012
Mar 10, 2012
It was in such circumstances that Agnes longed to buy a forget-me-not, a single forget-me-not stem; she longed to hold it before her eyes as a last, s...more
Mar 07, 2013
Jul 23, 2011
The Secret Life of Bees
They are the moons shining over me.

Last line from The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Decided to read this after the film aroused my curiosity....more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson
Let my soul die with the Philistines.

Last line from Lion’s Honey. Another from the Canongate Myths series. As with The Penelopiad, Lion’s Honey offere...more
Dec 2012
Nov 14, 2012
The Sentry (Elvis Cole, #12, Joe Pike, #3)
Where they belonged.

Last line from The Sentry. Another speedy read. Pike and Cole were interesting enough characters but the action was happening befo...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
And you say, “Just a moment, I’ve almost finished If on a winter’s night a traveller by Italo Calvino.”

Last line from If on a Winter’s Night a Travell...more
Feb 28, 2014
Sep 28, 2013
Adam Bede
Finally finished it after 7 & ½ months. However, that doesn’t mean it was bad, just proves that I’m a slow reader that’s easily distracted.
Began t...more
Apr 2012
Aug 15, 2011
Wide Sargasso Sea
Having enjoyed reading Jane Eyre, I was keen to read Wide Sargasso Sea to see how the two were related. The touches of madness and misery from Jane Ey...more
May 18, 2014
May 16, 2014
The Matisse Stories
‘Oh,’ says Gerda Himmelblau. ‘I will. I will.’

Last line from The Matisse Stories by A.S. Byatt. Picked this up because Nuneaton Museum is due to open...more
Nov 21, 2013
Oct 31, 2013
The Great Gatsby
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Last line from The Great Gatsby. At only 180 pages short, this was a ti...more
Feb 02, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
The Luminous Life Of Lilly Aphrodite
And when the final chorus faded and the last soldiers had passed, they heard it loud and clear – the unmistakable ticker of the camera.

Last line from...more
Oct 26, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
Tender Is the Night
Perhaps, so she liked to think, his career was biding its time, again like Grant’s in Galena; his latest note was post-marked from Hornell, N.Y., whic...more
Feb 20, 2013
Jul 23, 2011
Dream Story
Beautiful dreamlike storytelling made it easy to consume this in one sitting, whilst questioning everything I was reading, probably best summed up by...more
May 30, 2014
May 31, 2014
Moon Tiger
And beside the bed the radio gives the time signal and a voice starts to read the six o’clock news.

Last line from Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively. Moon...more
Apr 16, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
The Feast of July
The Feast of July was my first time reading H.E. Bates and after reading this, I’m surprised his novels went out of print because this beats much of t...more
Aug 04, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
I laughed.

Last line from All the Fishes Come Home to Roost. A bit of a jumbled read. Its starts as described; an Indian Ashram childhood. However, the...more
Oct 07, 2012
Jul 23, 2011
She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of infinite stars.

Last line from Stardu...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 23, 2011
Farewell, My Lovely
You could see a long way – but not as far as Velma had gone.

Last line from Farewell, My Lovely. This is the second of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlow...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 01, 2013
The Reader
It was the first and only time I stood there.

Last line from The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. I’d wanted to read this ever since watching the film. Begi...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 28, 2012
The Meerkats of Summer Farm: The True Story of Two Orphaned Meerkats and the Family Who Saved Them
We love them and we couldn’t be happier to have them as part of the family.

Last line from The Meerkats of Summer Farm. Fun read. Made me want to set u...more
Oct 17, 2012
Oct 12, 2012
Metamorphosis and Other Stories
Metamorphosis is a strange but sad tale, which has unfortunate parallels in life today. The rest of the stories in this small volume were all very dif...more
May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
More Than You Can Say
“Why not?”

Last line from More Than You Can Say. Well, the plot was more interesting than Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and enjoyable too (in a quick and...more
Jul 2012
Jul 01, 2012