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Middlesex
3.98
really liked it
This Greek family saga, as narrated by a hermaphrodite, has many pages, but I flicked through them easily like so many moistened labia. Moments of tra ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2008
 
August Is A Wicked Month
3.32
liked it
This must have been audacious stuff back in 1965, with its frank depiction of feminine carnality, but today it seems dated. Holidaying in France and e ...more
May 03, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
 
Talking Cock
3.96
liked it
Despite its length, I gobbled this down in just one day.
not set
Aug 16, 2009
 
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
3.97
liked it
The titular lonely lady lives in a bedsit in a Belfast street I know well, as my parents own a house there which is rented out to students. I was ther ...more
May 08, 2008
May 05, 2008
 
The Rain Before It Falls
3.63
liked it
I liked this better than The Closed Circle and The Rotters Club, but not as much as What a Carve Up, Like a Fiery Elephant or the The House of Sleep. ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
 
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
4.01
it was amazing
Part 2 in my ongoing series "Stuff I Loved as a Kid That Is Still Ace". And Reggie Perrin is perhaps even MORE ace, now that I know what it is to be a ...more
Apr 20, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
 
Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
3.94
it was amazing
Giving this five stars just because I re-read this so often it's a story that stayed with me. It also fuelled my childhood obsession with Judaism and ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2012
 
My Oedipus Complex and Other Stories
3.88
it was ok
Frank O'Connor's wry stories about Irish childhood are staples of the Irish school syllabus, and rightly so. However, when making my way through his s ...more
Dec 11, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
 
The Circle
3.46
really liked it
As a satire on the modern workplace and communications in the internet age, this was spot-on and I LOVED the first two-thirds (the fact that I work in ...more
Dec 13, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
 
The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
3.63
liked it
A sort of Bad Girls at sea, this was a history book about an all-female convict ship that sailed to Australia at the end of the 18th century. It was f ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
 
By the Pricking of My Thumbs (Tommy and Tuppence, #4)
3.71
did not like it
Christie was in her late 70s when she wrote this and, after decades of spewing out books, had clearly stopped bothering. I'd never heard of the protag ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
 
A Brief History of Seven Killings
3.86
really liked it
A big dense meaty book full of blood, humour, sadness and violence. Packed with scores of voices, living, dead and soon to be dead, I'm looking forwar ...more
Mar 31, 2016
Jan 18, 2016
 
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
4.18
liked it
Scenes of horror cycle by like Goya's 'Disasters of War' caught in a zoetrope. The judge is an impressive and terrifying invention, while the rest of ...more
Nov 25, 2015
Oct 09, 2015
 
Innocent House
3.91
it was ok
Two stars. Not because the story isn't good, but because it turned out that it was just an extract from a novel. Which, when you're deaing with crime ...more
Jun 04, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
 
Lee Miller: On Both Sides Of The Camera
3.90
liked it
Coolest woman ever. Although her surrealist cooking adventures were pure Fanny Craddock.
Feb 26, 2008
Dec 30, 2007
 
Museums & Women and Other Stories
3.82
really liked it
I like 'em when they're free entry, eh, lads?
Jan 2011
Dec 06, 2010
 
Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories
3.81
liked it
A strong collection of stories from all sorts of top-notch writers, including Truman Capote, M. R. James, Edith Wharton, John Cheever and Nancy Mitfor ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.86
it was ok
It's really a three-star rather than a two, but I always give three or four stars and I wanted to mix it up a little. Intermittently, it's an excellen ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 25, 2008
 
The Midwich Cuckoos
3.93
really liked it
This would have been five stars if the philosophising hadn't sometimes got in the way of the action. The opening scenes and the fatal confrontations w ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
 
Sucker Bait And Other Stories
4.37
really liked it
Who can resist a compilation of horror comic stories with titles such as 'Funereal Disease' and 'Sucker Bait'?
Apr 19, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
Troubles
3.79
really liked it
After watching Ryan's Daughter *in its entirety* to celebrate St Patrick's Day, imagine my delight at discovering that this book also features a shell ...more
Apr 04, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
 
Behind the Candelabra
3.41
liked it
While the film version covers this story in a more artful manner than Thorson/Alex Thorleifson's original prose, for fans of the movie this is a fasci ...more
Apr 10, 2016
Jan 03, 2016
 
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.88
really liked it
Deserving of the hype. I'm looking forward to part two.
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 18, 2017
 
The Choirboys
4.05
liked it
I didn't like this book to begin with, it all seemed a bit hard-boiled and the Police-Academy-meets-Porky's japes rankled. But then I saw that the cop ...more
Apr 19, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
 
The Irish Adventures Of Worzel Gummidge
2.00
it was ok
A delightful and much-loved addition to an Irish Worzel fan's bookshelf, offering much pleasure, but the volume of said pleasure is not greatly increa ...more
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
 
Fishhead
3.76
liked it
Fisheads, fisheads, roly poly fisheads. Fisheads, fisheads, eat them up, yum.
Aug 23, 2015
Aug 23, 2015
 
The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers
3.78
really liked it
I came for The Turn of the Screw, and stayed for The Aspern Papers. The first is the more famous, and enormously influential - but I enjoyed the secon ...more
May 27, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
 
A Girl in Winter
3.81
really liked it
I was curious to see how dear old Pip would deal with the novel form, and he handles it admirably.

The theme, as one might expect, is isolation: crush
...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 24, 2008
 
Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson
4.17
really liked it
Amazingly, this biography was so good that I was gripped all the way through, even though Johnson wasn't that great a writer and didn't seem like a pa ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
4.21
really liked it
The perfect coffin table book for the woman who has everything.
Apr 19, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
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