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Autumn by Ali Smith
by Ali Smith
read in October, 2016
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A few days ago, I read an article that proclaimed Mohsin Hamid's forthcoming Exit West, out next March, 'the first post-Brexit novel', but it looks like Ali Smith will be beating him to it. [I wrote this last week and have just noticed that yesterday ...more
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The Eleventh Letter by Tom Tomaszewski
The Eleventh Letter
by Tom Tomaszewski
read in October, 2016
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I can't find the words to say how good this is. Proper review soon.
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The Travelling Bag by Susan Hill
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I was excited about this collection because, while I've enjoyed all of Hill's previous ghost stories, I've always felt they're consistently spread a little thin. Hill's plots feel more suited to the brevity of a short story, but they are usually padd ...more
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Horror Stories by E. Nesbit
Horror Stories (Penguin Worlds)
by E. Nesbit
read in October, 2016
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This new collection of E. Nesbit's Horror Stories starts – whether to get them out of the way, or to lower the reader's expectations, I'm not sure – with three of the worst: 'Hurst of Hurstcote', 'The Ebony Frame', and 'Man-Size in Marble'. Each is n ...more
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We Eat Our Own by Kea Wilson
We Eat Our Own
by Kea Wilson
read in September, 2016
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So I completely misunderstood what this book was: I'd seen it labelled as horror and just dived straight in assuming it was going to be horror. It is, in fact, probably better described as literary suspense. My misunderstanding arose from the fact th ...more
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Conclave by Robert   Harris
by Robert Harris (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2016
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It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the ...more
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The Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi
The Ice Lands
by Steinar Bragi
read in October, 2016
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This Icelandic horror story is set against the stark, evocative backdrop of the volcanic desert. In the first couple of chapters, a group of four friends on a road trip crash their car in the middle of nowhere. So begins a tale of terror in one of th ...more
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Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Why Did You Lie?
by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
read in October, 2016
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Why Did You Lie? contains three plot strands. In the first, four people – strangers to each other – are dropped off at a lighthouse atop the inhospitable rocky outcrop of Thrídrangar, three of them to perform maintenance, the fourth to take photograp ...more
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The Offering by Grace McCleen
The Offering
by Grace McCleen
read in September, 2016
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I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that this was the first novel McCleen wrote, though it was published after her others; I can't find confirmation of that now, but turned up several references (e.g. here) to the fact that she wrote all three of h ...more
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Elbert Hubbard
“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”
Elbert Hubbard

Richard Adams
“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.”
Richard Adams, Watership Down

Terry Pratchett
“Mister Teatime had a truly brilliant mind, but it was brilliant like a fractured mirror, all marvellous facets and rainbows but, ultimately, also something that was broken.”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Zoë Heller
“Being alone is not the most awful thing in the world. You visit your museums and cultivate your interests and remind yourself how lucky you are not to be one of those spindly Sudanese children with flies beading their mouths. You make out To Do lists - reorganise linen cupboard, learn two sonnets. You dole out little treats to yourself - slices of ice-cream cake, concerts at Wigmore Hall. And then, every once in a while, you wake up and gaze out of the window at another bloody daybreak, and think, I cannot do this anymore. I cannot pull myself together again and spend the next fifteen hours of wakefulness fending off the fact of my own misery.

People like Sheba think that they know what it's like to be lonely. They cast their minds back to the time they broke up with a boyfriend in 1975 and endured a whole month before meeting someone new. Or the week they spent in a Bavarian steel town when they were fifteen years old, visiting their greasy-haired German pen pal and discovering that her hand-writing was the best thing about her. But about the drip drip of long-haul, no-end-in-sight solitude, they know nothing. They don't know what it is to construct an entire weekend around a visit to the laundrette. Or to sit in a darkened flat on Halloween night, because you can't bear to expose your bleak evening to a crowd of jeering trick-or-treaters. Or to have the librarian smile pityingly and say, ‘Goodness, you're a quick reader!’ when you bring back seven books, read from cover to cover, a week after taking them out. They don't know what it is to be so chronically untouched that the accidental brush of a bus conductor's hand on your shoulder sends a jolt of longing straight to your groin. I have sat on park benches and trains and schoolroom chairs, feeling the great store of unused, objectless love sitting in my belly like a stone until I was sure I would cry out and fall, flailing, to the ground. About all of this, Sheba and her like have no clue.”
Zoë Heller, What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal]

Albert Einstein
“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
Albert Einstein

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