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As some of you may know, a few years ago I set myself the challenge of reading all the books that had ever won the booker prize. I had at that point a
May 27, 2012
May 25, 2012
A Game of Hide and Seek (Virago Modern Classics)
it was amazing
In A Game of Hide and Seek Elizabeth Taylor has created a heartbreakingly poignant love story. Though this is in no way a conventional girl meets boy ...more
Dec 2016
May 07, 2012
Sapphira and the Slave Girl
it was amazing
Sapphira and the Slave girl was my classic club spin book result. I am currently on something of a Cather kick, this is the second Willa Cather novel ...more
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
Queen Lucia
really liked it
I’m not quite sure how I have managed to make it to my advanced age without ever having read any of E F Benson’s Mapp and Lucia books - but there it i ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
How to Be a Woman
did not like it
If it hadn't been for the fact that this was chosen by someone at my book group, I would never have read it. I knew it wasn't my kind of book. I am qu ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
Lolly Willowes or the Loving Huntsman (Virago Modern Classics)
it was amazing
The story itself is tender and a little magical, and I simply adored the character of Lolly Willowes herself. Laura Willowes (to allow her, her given ...more
Dec 09, 2017
Nov 12, 2015
The Professor's House
it was amazing
A beautifully introspective little novel, in The Professor’s House Cather introduces us to Godfrey St. Peter a mid-western university professor. St Pe ...more
May 09, 2017
May 07, 2017
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
it was amazing
“Mrs Palfrey first came to the Claremont Hotel on a Sunday afternoon in January. Rain had closed in over London, and her taxi sloshed along the almost ...more
Nov 10, 2012
May 30, 2009
it was ok
“Because now there's time enough not to hurry, to light the lamp and open the window to the moon and take a moment to dream of a great and broken city ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
The True Heart
it was amazing
My knowledge of old myths is pretty sketchy – I know the basic outline of some but I have never had much interest in them if I’m honest. The True Hear ...more
Dec 18, 2016
Dec 15, 2016
The Little Red Chairs
really liked it
Many might be surprised that Edna O’ Brien has made these events the basis for her latest novel; The Little Red Chairs which is both beautiful and bru ...more
Oct 22, 2015
Oct 20, 2015
These Foolish Things
really liked it
I am glad that finally after a very long time on mnt toobie - I have got around to reading this novel. It is a real delight, and it I have discovered ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 20, 2008
really liked it
Quartet was Jean Rhys’s first novel, coming a year after a collection of short stories she had produced with some help from writer Ford Maddox Ford. I ...more
Sep 10, 2016
Sep 06, 2016
Mothering Sunday
it was amazing
The Majority of the novel takes place on one day, March 30th 1924, a day where the sun shines as if it were June. It is Mothering Sunday, the day when ...more
Dec 31, 2016
Dec 30, 2016
The Soul of Kindness
it was amazing
I read this book a couple of weeks ago in fact – and have simply saved this review to post now. Hopefully I have avoided any spoilers – as I know a lo ...more
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
Handmaid's Tale
it was amazing
I first read The Handmaid’s Tale somewhere between 1987 and the early 1990s. My Virago edition dates from 1987, and I feel like I have always had this ...more
May 28, 2017
May 26, 2017
The Two Mrs. Abbotts (Miss Buncle, #3)
it was amazing
When I finished reading Miss Buncle Married – I felt I wanted to read the next book – The Two Mrs Abbotts right away. I found out that Persephone are ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
No Fond Return of Love
it was amazing
“There are various ways of mending a broken heart, but perhaps going to a learned conference is one of the more unusual.”
How could a novel with such a
Jun 02, 2013
Jan 25, 2009
Mr Skeffington
really liked it
Mr Skeffington was Elizabeth von Arnim’s last published novel, written when in her 70s it certainly shows a certain preoccupation with ageing – (as di ...more
Apr 22, 2017
Apr 19, 2017
it was amazing
Autumn began with a nod to Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Winter begins with a nod to A Christmas Carol with the words

“God was dead to begin with.”

Dec 24, 2017
Dec 20, 2017
Every Good Deed and Other Stories
really liked it
What I hadn’t realised until I opened it to peruse the contents was that the first story Every Good Deed is a novella at 120 pages, I was excited at t ...more
Jan 29, 2017
Jan 27, 2017
Wessex Tales
it was amazing
By now I think I must have made it fairly obvious that I love Thomas Hardy, and so I was looking forward to my re-reading of this superb collection of ...more
May 13, 2013
Dec 12, 2010
Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
it was amazing
Twelve stories and twelve feasts for twelve days, it simply oozes Christmas spirit. The volume opens with ‘Christmas Tide’ an introductory essay by th ...more
Dec 20, 2016
Dec 18, 2016
Jacob's Room
really liked it
Jacob’s Room was Virginia Woolf’s third novel, and the first of her experimental novels. A novel I enjoyed for many reasons though I can imagine my ex ...more
Nov 08, 2016
Nov 05, 2016
The Woodlanders
it was amazing
The Woodlanders is the latest read in my on-going Hardy challenge. Several friends and I have been reading (or re-reading in my case) all of Hardy’s f ...more
Mar 04, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
The Fountain Overflows
really liked it
The Fountain Overflows is possibly one of Rebecca West’s most famous works – the first novel in a projected trilogy – the third of the trilogy not qui ...more
Feb 25, 2017
Feb 19, 2017
Quartet in Autumn
it was amazing

When I first read Quartet in Autumn I think I found it a little sad – veering towards depressing. Maybe this is the kind of book that one needs to be
Jun 21, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
A Chelsea Concerto
really liked it
You may all remember some exciting news over the summer from Scott at Furrowed Middlebrow. Working in conjunction with Dean Street Press nine titles t ...more
Oct 03, 2016
Sep 30, 2016
The Blind Man's Garden
it was amazing
Having read each of Nadeem Aslam’s previous novels with great enjoyment, I bought this one in hardback almost as soon as it was released. His novel Ma ...more
Mar 2013
Feb 25, 2013
One Fine Day
it was amazing
At the time Panter Downes was writing this novel, thousands of families were adapting themselves to the changes that came with the end of the war. One ...more
Oct 14, 2016
Oct 10, 2016
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