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Bring Up the Bodies
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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Selection of essays on subjects as varied as marriage, illness, age and youth, idlers, English Admirals and (my favourite) the romance of old gas lamps in newly electrified Edinburgh (1878). I enjoyed learning about Greenville's last stand against th ...more
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The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Starts and ends well but I found it hard going in the middle probably due to my less than consistent reading habits. I was relieved at my edition's merciful 202 pages. Detailed account of internecine fraternal conflict pieced together by and told fro ...more
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The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
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Calvanistic Scotsman is told he is one of God's elect and can do no wrong in the eyes of God as Jesus' death has wiped the sin-slate clean. He then is persuaded by a stranger (Gil Martin-who we suspect is Satan, but are never quite sure if he is a do ...more
Life Class by Pat Barker
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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Like Jekyll and Hyde, this book looms so large in popular culture that it s interesting to actualy read the orinal text on its own terms. What surprised me most was the character of long John Silver. Yes, all the elements of the pop culture pirate ar ...more
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The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella Bathurst
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A decent introduction to the famous engineering family of Robert Louis Stevenson. The way the chapters are organised into lighthouses has its pros and cons. It helps you get your head around the major lighhouses and the members of teh Stevenson famil ...more
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Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
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The edition I read (penuin) had a handy map and Scottish dialect glossary at the back but, even so, translating Alan Breck's language, as well as the otehr highlanders, sometimes got in the way of my enjoyment of the book. Loved the way the character ...more
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