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Middlemarch
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Middlemarch by George Eliot
"Best. Goddamned. Book. Ever.

Seriously, this shit's bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. 750 pages in, and you're still being surprised. It's 800 pages long and EVERY SINGLE PAGE ADVANCES THE PLOT. You cannot believe it until you read it.

This is a writer's boo..." Read more of this review »
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The Professor by Charlotte Brontë
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Charlotte Brontë's first novel is often seen as a blueprint for her final and finest book, 'Villette'. Both deal with an Englishperson abroad, although few would argue that William Crimsworth is anywhere near as finely detailed as Lucy Snowe. In 'The ...more
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Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
Lying in Wait
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A book with all the literary finesse of Jackie Collins.

On the plus side, the author clearly despised her characters as much as I did.
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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
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The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare's most contentious plays, often criticised for the apparent misogyny of its conclusion (that 'strong' women need to be tamed in order to become good, meek, subservient little wives to their heroic, hard-w ...more
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist
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A book that has proven inspirational to many.

Indeed, reading 'The Alchemist' has inspired me never to read another Paulo Coelho book. I now appreciate that such inspiration is only achieved through suffering and hardship, so thanks for that, Paolo.

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The Monk by Matthew      Lewis
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While it lacks the philosophical gravitas of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein', this proves to be the more enjoyable Gothic novel. To my mind, neither book is particularly well written (the authors, while both precocious intellectuals, were still relativ ...more
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Tell Me A Lie by C.J. Carver
Tell Me A Lie
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This book is best read as a hilarious spoof of a spy thriller. To take it seriously would be more painful than the facial branding of the hapless Ekaterina (I liked the detail of her eye popping). To hammer home the comical storytelling, many of the ...more
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Tell Me A Lie by C.J. Carver
Tell Me A Lie
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