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Duncton Wood (Duncton Chronicles, #1)
This is a very short review because I should be working, but I need to return a few books to the library today....

If I owned this book I wouldn't give
May 13, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
Hunting and Gathering
It's just possible that I couldn't put this book down because I'm into avoidance tactics at the moment (avoiding the study I need to do for my 4 exams ...more
Jun 11, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
Fortune's Rocks
**spoiler alert** This is the second novel I’ve read by Anita Shreve, but right now I can’t remember what the first one I read was about. It was Stran ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 13, 2008
My original plan was to give this 4 stars - I was thinking to myself (now that's a strange phrase, isn't it? After all, who else would I be thinking t ...more
Feb 05, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
As the Earth Turns Silver
It's hard not to feel ashamed of one's ancestors when our racist past is laid bare. My mother's paternal family were Wellington residents a century ag ...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity
There's a very powerful paragraph here, which for me summarises the whole 'back to basics' necessary for Christianity to survive in a model that Jesus ...more
Dec 05, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
The Luminaries
Once again there is a range of reviews from 5-stars down to 1, and by readers who are also writers (and teachers of writing) and readers who sound qui ...more
Dec 07, 2013
Aug 04, 2013
To Kill a Mockingbird
I'd never deliberately planned to not-read this book, but I seem to have always known of it. That's not such a strange statement as you might think, g ...more
Aug 06, 2013
Jan 25, 2008
The Elusive Language of Ducks
Grief can make a person feel as if he or she is going mad. This book is about the year of madness that happens to Hannah when her mother dies. It's al ...more
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
The Knot Garden
I read The Wild Road and The Golden Cat quite a few years ago, though I think it was within the last 9 years because it was when my parents were livin ...more
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
Graffiti Heaven
The world in this book is light-years away from the world I grew up in, and though we were far from rich and we five kids never went to private school ...more
Jan 09, 2013
Aug 26, 2012
Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski, #1)
This is the first of “three complete novel” in one volume that Rupert lent to me some several months ago. I wanted a bit of light reading so I took it ...more
Aug 2007
Dec 28, 2008
My Name Was Judas
My original review of this book was done in 2007 - really a very short review (see below) that said very little about the book. Nevertheless, on the b ...more
Aug 2007
Jan 13, 2008
Ripple: A Dolphin Love Story
I've been humming a song all day - you know how you do sometimes. This hasn't been one of those irritating times when the song you're humming is a hap ...more
Apr 12, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
Dreamquake (The Dreamhunter Duet, #2)
I've just written a review for Dreamhunter so don't want to repeat all the reasons I loved this "duet", suffice it to say that this book pleased me eq ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 23, 2011
Little Lord Fauntleroy
I put this aside for a while and find a month and a half later that I have no interest in returning to it. Just not my thing - I can't blame it on the ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
An English Murder
A Goodreads friend reviewed this and it sounded like something my mother would enjoy so I checked if the library had it in Big Print. They did, she bo ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 10, 2015
The Virgin and the Whale
I've just finished reading this advance copy - I went with my boss to a Random House Road Show a few weeks ago, and each person attending got to selec ...more
Sep 20, 2013
Sep 20, 2013
Black Oxen
After having been a little less enthusiastic about a couple of Knox's books (After Z-hour and Daylight), this one has regained my enthusiasm.

From the
Oct 10, 2011
Sep 23, 2011
Matthew Flinders' Cat
This is the first Bryce Courtenay I’ve read and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve heard varied opinions on his novels so I’m obviously going to have to try ...more
Dec 22, 2006
Jun 02, 2010
I've been humming a song all day - you know how you do sometimes. This hasn't been one of those irritating times when the song you're humming is a hap ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 10, 2013
The Not So Perfect Life of Mo Lawrence
We all have friends, don't we, who have everything - good looks (or enough vivacity to be attractive even without the physical blessings), intelligenc ...more
Mar 15, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
Minnie Dean
I bought this book 15 years ago and it's been sitting on the shelf among all the other "yes I definitely will read it" books all that time. What's wro ...more
Feb 25, 2010
Feb 21, 2010
Tuesdays with Morrie
My daughter recommended this book to me ages ago, but you know what it's like - you put a book on your to-read list and before you know it there are a ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Jan 08, 2008
The Search for Anne Perry
Anybody picking up this book will almost certainly know some of the background information - Anne Perry was once Juliet Hulme, and she and her best fr ...more
Jan 08, 2013
Dec 16, 2012
King Matt the First
I find it quite interesting that there seems to be more made of the author of this book than of the book itself. The description of the book here in G ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
Calculated in Death (In Death, #36)
I was a little concerned that I wasn't going to enjoy this book quite as much as the rest. My last exposure to the series was one of the half-books (y ...more
May 25, 2013
May 23, 2013
Every Five Minutes
This is a love story, not a romance, and it's beautiful. In fact, I just started reading it again and I realise that I need to immerse myself in it on ...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
The Princess and the Foal
This book couldn't have a worse title (when it comes to appealing to me). Princesses? - how girly! A foal? - I don't read horse books! But it's on the ...more
May 31, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
Blue Shoes and Happiness (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #7)
It's nice to get back to this series - the characters continue to delight.

Here are a couple of passages that I want to remember:

This new-found fluency
Jan 2010
Jan 01, 2010
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