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Barbarian Days by William Finnegan
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The best way to read this is probably not at one go—since there is no overarching narrative—but meanderingly, as Finnegan had travelled. I'm no surfer and some of the lingo is incomprehensible to me, but I still keep re-reading passages, as even when ...more
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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)
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I am in awe of Zen Cho's imagination and how she's managed to weave her Malaysian identity, geopolitics, race and gender into this rich tapestry of English magic. Zacharias is ostensibly the protagonist, but Prunella often takes centre stage and I'm ...more
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
"Simply one of the best things I've read in years. If you love magic, if you loved Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (but wished there were more women in it), if you love Diana Wynne Jones, this is the book you've been waiting for."
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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Fujimori's Peru by Catherine M. Conaghan
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I've been fascinated with Fujimori—the Peruvian-Japanese ex-president now behind bars for corruption and violations of human rights—ever since I first heard about him—in part because he's Asian, but also because of his daring exploits in dealing with ...more
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“I have always been a reader; I have read at every stage of my life, and there has never been a time when reading was not my greatest joy. And yet I cannot pretend that the reading I have done in my adult years matches in its impact on my soul the reading I did as a child. I still believe in stories. I still forget myself when I am in the middle of a good book. Yet it is not the same. Books are, for me, it must be said, the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once more banal and more essential than that. When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled.”
Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

John Burroughs
“Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.”
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Nick Hornby
“Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time that it takes you forward, so you feel nostagic and hopeful all at the same time.”
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“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.”
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