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How to Be a Woman
If it hadn't been for the fact that this was chosen by someone at my book group, I would never have read it. I knew it wasn't my kind of book. I am qu...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
“Mrs Palfrey first came to the Claremont Hotel on a Sunday afternoon in January. Rain had closed in over London, and her taxi sloshed along the almost...more
Nov 10, 2012
May 30, 2009

As some of you may know, a few years ago I set myself the challenge of reading all the books that had ever won the booker prize. I had at that point a...more
May 27, 2012
May 25, 2012
These Foolish Things
I am glad that finally after a very long time on mnt toobie - I have got around to reading this novel. It is a real delight, and it I have discovered...more
Jan 2008
Jan 20, 2008
Jamaica Inn
What is it about tales of smugglers, wreakers and pirates that is so deliciously compelling? Even now, in a landlocked city in the 21st century, these...more
May 18, 2013
May 15, 2013
I won’t be at all surprised if ‘Perfect’ isn’t the book that gets people talking this summer. Rachel Joyce’s first novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Ha...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
The Great Gatsby
Since finishing my re-read of The Great Gatsby I have been conscious of two nagging questions -1) How could I h ave forgotten how brilliant a novel it...more
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
Dimanche and Other Stories
Persephone publishes a number of collections of short stories – and they are generally the kind of short stories I love. Dimanche and other stories we...more
Dec 07, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

Following my recent re-read of The Great Gatsby this newly published book – which is really the biography of that novel – was crying ou...more
Aug 23, 2013
Aug 20, 2013

Since the beginning of the year I have seen so much about this novel on Twitter and book blogs that eventually I had to just give in and buy it fo...more
May 18, 2014
May 17, 2014
The Luminaries

I find myself sitting staring at a blank screen wondering where on earth to start.
The Luminaries, already much reviewed and talked about, winner of t...more
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
His Last Bow
There are times when only certain types of books will do, when one is feeling in need of some consoling literary friend. At such times I often reach f...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
A Five Year Sentence
I was sent this novel by another bookcrosser as part of a surpeise RABCK. I have another Bernice Rubens novel on my wishlist (The Elected Member) but...more
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Mar 30, 2011
The Blind Man's Garden
Having read each of Nadeem Aslam’s previous novels with great enjoyment, I bought this one in hardback almost as soon as it was released. His novel Ma...more
Mar 2013
Feb 25, 2013
The Frozen Thames
Well this was quite a delightful little read. A slim little hardback with beautiful illustrations taken from classic works of art – I read most it the...more
Dec 23, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
The Woodlanders
The Woodlanders is the latest read in my on-going Hardy challenge. Several friends and I have been reading (or re-reading in my case) all of Hardy’s f...more
Mar 04, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
The Sweet Shop Owner
The Sweet Shop Owner is the first book in my month of birthday reading. Graham Swifts birthday is May 4th, ooh that’s today – spooky. I have read two...more
May 03, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
Invitation to the Waltz
Upon first reading Invitation to the Waltz I thought it was a lively charming novel, which it is. This re-read of it however, has given me the chance...more
Jul 25, 2012
Mar 13, 2010
A Particular Place
“Mary Hocking is confirmed as the successor to Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Pym”
So says the back cover of my 1990 Virago edition of A Particular Place...more
Jun 16, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
In a Summer Season (A Virago modern classic)
I loved this novel when I first read it, and I still love it now having re-read it for the Librarything readalong of Elizabeth Taylor, and the beginni...more
Aug 02, 2012
Aug 31, 2009
The Judge
Rebecca West’s 1922 second novel is much longer than her wonderful first novel; The Return of the Soldier. It is a complex, densely written novel with...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
Lost and Found
For some reason I wasn’t sure I would like this book all that much, which only goes to prove that prejudging things is never good idea. Of course I wa...more
Feb 22, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
Sacred Hearts
This is the third of the Italian Renaissance novels (there's no connection between them) and having read and enjoyed the other two I pounced upon this...more
Jul 04, 2010
Jul 04, 2010
The Woman in White
I had intended to re-read A Woman in White for a long time, so the #Wilkieinwinter reading event going on at the moment gave me the perfect excuse –if...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
Madame Bovary
It really isn’t often that I read a book in translation. Many years ago I went through a phase of reading quite a lot of French and Russian classics –...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
Wilfred and Eileen
Kindly sent to me by Persephone books

Wilfred and Eileen is now firmly one of my all-time favourite Persephone books, and I have read quite a lot of th...more
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
The Very Dead Of Winter
Mary Hocking has been a rather delightful discovery this year – and The Very Dead of Winter is the fourth novel I have read. She is the kind of writer...more
Dec 15, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
Drawing heavily on what is known about Thomas Hardy’s later years and the first production of the play ‘Tess’ –Christopher Nicholson has written a nov...more
Mar 08, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
Casanova's Chinese Restaurant (A Dance to the Music of Time: Book 5)
The fifth book in Powell’s epic sequence opens as several others have done, with some reminiscence. Presumably during the Second World War our narrato...more
May 05, 2014
May 03, 2014
Alexander's Bridge (Virago Modern Classics)
Willa Cather is one of the authors who I am determined to read a lot more of this year. I already have several waiting to be read, I feel she is a wri...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
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