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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey
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The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
The Hundred-Foot Journey
by Richard C. Morais (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2015
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Chosen by one of my book groups; this is a novel which promises a lot, but in my opinion delivers very little. I had had high hopes of The Hundred-Foot Journey, I had assumed that it must be good if they made a film of it – perhaps that is naïve, the ...more
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The Hopkins Manuscript by R.C. Sherriff
The Hopkins Manuscript
by R.C. Sherriff
read in July, 2015
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The Hopkins Manuscript is a brilliant imagining of the moon’s collision with the earth, and the eventual end of western civilisation. Sci-fi novels vary in type, and I have read only a few over the years, but the only kind of Sci-fi I have any intere ...more
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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee
read in July, 2015
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One of the things that can happen when we emerge out of the cocoon of childhood is that the heroes of that childhood are revealed as flawed, complex creatures in need of re-examination. This is something that I think it is important to remember; Jean ...more
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Swan Song by John Galsworthy
Swan Song
by John Galsworthy
read in July, 2015
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Swan Song the sixth book of the Forsyte Saga Chronicles is the third book in the second trilogy: A Modern Comedy.

It is 1926 and the general strike is in danger of bringing the country to a standstill. The breech is famously filled by members of the m
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The Rising Tide by Molly Keane
The Rising Tide
by Molly Keane
read in July, 2015
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In The Rising Tide, Molly Keane contrasts brilliantly the Edwardian era with its strict rules of propriety, fussy clothing and the kind of rigid conventions that so often imprisoned unmarried women in dull lives at home, with the freer, party years o ...more
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Our Hearts Were Young & Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner
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Cornelia Otis Skinner, an American actress, writer and screenwriter co-wrote Our Hearts were Young and Gay with her good friend Emily Kimbrough, a memoir about their travels in Europe in the 1920’s. It is difficult to see where Kimbrough’s collaborat ...more
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Holiday by Stanley Middleton
Holiday
by Stanley Middleton
read in July, 2015
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In 1974 the Booker Prize was shared between Nadine Gordimer for The Conservationist (still on my tbr after several years) and Stanley Middleton for Holiday.

Having recently separated from his wife Meg, school master Edwin Fisher decides to spend a we
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Ordeal By Innocence by Agatha Christie
Ordeal By Innocence
by Agatha Christie
read in July, 2015
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The opening is brilliantly atmospheric; a stranger climbs the hill up from the Ferry at dusk one cold evening, asking for directions to Sunny Point, a house still called Viper’s Point by the locals. The stranger is Arthur Calgary, a scientist recentl ...more
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Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim
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Described as a novel, Elizabeth and her German Garden has the feel of a memoir. Written in the form of a diary, it was Elizabeth von Arnim’s first novel, originally published anonymously. It is immediately very personal as it recounts the first coupl ...more
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Elizabeth I Tudor
“And therefore I am come amongst you at this time, not as for my recreation or sport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all; to lay down, for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people, my honour and my blood, even the dust. I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too.”
Elizabeth I Tudor

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Long after midnight the towers and spires of Princeton were visible, with here and there a late-burning light – and suddenly out of the clear darkness the sound of bells. As an endless dream it went on; the spirit of the past brooding over a new generation, the chosen youth from the muddled, unchastened world, still fed romantically on the mistakes and half-forgotten dreams of dead statesmen and poets. Here was a new generation, shouting the old cries, learning the old creeds, through a reverie of long days and nights, destined finally to go out into the dirty grey turmoil to follow love and pride; a new generation dedicated more than the last to the fear of poverty and the worship of success; grown up to find all God’s dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken…”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Charles Dickens
“No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.”
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

Rohinton Mistry
“...you have to use your failures as stepping stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair. In the end it’s all a question of balance.”
Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance

John Irving
“… and so he tried to accept the ache in his heart as what Dr. Larch would call the common symptoms of normal life.”
John Irving, The Cider House Rules

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