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The Man in a Hurry
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"Ever since he was at the lycee Pierre used to dazzle his friends not so much on account of his high marks but because he had as many braces as pairs of trousers, ready to be put on simultaneously. The others, with their single pairs, were well behind their classmate." Feb 22, 2016 05:02AM

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"I knew every inch of Godrevy from the wide sandy bay where we swam up to the fragrant rushes that I cut in armfuls to strew over my mother's floor .... this is centuries ago but it is so close to home ...." Apr 17, 2016 01:59AM

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Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
Man and Wife
by Wilkie Collins
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It is said that Wilkie Collins was at the height of his powers in the 1860s, when he wrote the books generally acknowledged to be his four great novels:

The Woman in White (1860)
No Name (1862)
Armadale (1866)
The Moonstone (1868)

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The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories by Tara Moore
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The last chapter in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage – the tenth of thirteen – ended at a point when Miriam Henderson had been given the life and space, during a visit to the country, to come to understand herself and her situation a little more than ...more
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See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
"Loved this! Beautiful language, vivid characterisation, and a very clever structure and use of multiple narrators. The story itself is fascinating. Schmidt has really got inside her characters' heads and mixed real life with speculation to make th..." Read more of this review »
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Bert Cousins, a district attorney, escapes the chaos of his own home by crashing a christening party for the new baby of Fix Keating, a cop he barely knows. At this party, Bert meets Fix’s wife, Beverly, and a series of events..." Read more of this review »
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“Don’t you think the stairs are a good place for reading letters? I do. One is somehow suspended. One is on neutral ground - not in one’s own world nor in a strange one. They are an almost perfect meeting place. Oh Heavens! How stairs do fascinate me when I think of it. Waiting for people - sitting on strange stairs - hearing steps far above, watching the light playing by itself - hearing - far below a door, looking down into a kind of dim brightness, watching someone come up. But I could go on forever. Must put them in a story though! People come out of themselves on stairs - they issue forth, unprotected.”
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“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it! Something of the awfulness, even of Death itself, is referable to this. No more can I turn the leaves of this dear book that I loved, and vainly hope in time to read it all. No more can I look into the depths of this unfathomable water, wherein, as momentary lights glanced into it, I have had glimpses of buried treasure and other things submerged. It was appointed that the book should shut with a a spring, for ever and for ever, when I had read but a page. It was appointed that the water should be locked in an eternal frost, when the light was playing on its surface, and I stood in ignorance on the shore. My friend is dead, my neighbour is dead, my love, the darling of my soul, is dead; it is the inexorable consolidation and perpetuation of the secret that was always in that individuality, and which I shall carry in mine to my life's end. In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them?”
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“When I write, I go to live inside the book. By which I mean, mentally I can experience everything I’m writing about. I can see it, hear its sounds, feel its heat or rain. The characters become better known to me than the closest family or friends. This makes the writing-down part very simple most of the time. I only need to describe what’s already there in front of me. That said, it won’t be a surprise if I add that the imagined worlds quickly become entangled with the so-called reality of this one.

Since I write almost every day, and I think (and dream) constantly about my work, it occurs to me I must spend more time in all these places than here.”
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