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The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey
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This is a story about impulse buying borrowing and how sometimes a 10-second-sell really delivers:

I was browsing the Regional History section of my local library (I know, what a life I lead; full of danger and intrigue at every juncture) and I found...more
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Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
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Maybe I should institute a new rule not to read books that feature casual use of the N-word on the first page? :/

I’m honestly a bit mystified as to why this is considered a classic. A satirical spy novel about a vacuum cleaner salesman recruited by M...more
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Raven by Tim Reiterman
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There’s a thin line between “comprehensively researched” and “exhaustively researched”... actually, the line’s pretty thick. And Raven, tipping the scale at 600 pages of tiny text, falls on the wrong side of that thick line.

Admittedly, it’s easy to u...more
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The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp by Eva Rice
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Oof. One to file under 'not my thing', I think. Just... way too cosy and slow-moving for my taste.

Plus, the audio book narrator's decision to affect a (terrible) Westcountry accent is making me uncomfortable. I'm from the Westcountry. We don't sound...more
Nicola and 8 other people liked Blair's review of Cartwheel:
Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
" Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

First up, and as you may already know, Cartwheel is a novel based on the Meredith Kercher/Amanda Knox case. The initial set-up is exactly the same as the real-life case, except the setting is Argent... " Read more of this review »
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Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
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“Don’t make any friends,” Piper Kerman’s lawyer warns her just before she enters prison for a one-year stint on a drug-money charge.

Indeed, at the outset of Orange Is the New Black – and especially if you’ve seen the TV adaptation – it’s easy to anti...more
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Voluntary Madness by Norah Vincent
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No really, tell me again how you think that ADHD and bipolar disorder were made up by parents who can't control their kids... (This is exactly as unlikeable as all the reviews suggest, but it does contain some interesting nuggets about mental hospita...more
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
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Delightful beginning, saggy middle, slightly disappointing ending. Review to follow.
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Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland
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There’s a subgenre of fanfiction called “badfic”, where you know what you’re writing is objectively bad – flagrantly unrealistic and lacking in the hows and whys – but you do it anyway, purely for the entertainment factor. Worst. Person. Ever. is bas...more
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Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
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I thought the “do something for a year and then write a book about it” trend in publishing was a fairly new thing, but apparently not. Just call George Orwell ‘Diablo Cody’, ‘cause here it is: his “I’ll just pretend to be poor for a while and write a...more
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