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Offshore
3.59
it was amazing

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
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May 27, 2012
May 25, 2012
 
A Game of Hide and Seek (Virago Modern Classics)
3.78
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
 
The Professor's House
3.75
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
 
The True Heart
3.74
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
 
Sapphira and the Slave Girl
3.61
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
 
How to Be a Woman
3.73
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
 
Narcopolis
3.39
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
 
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
3.98
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
 
The Little Red Chairs
3.29
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
3.46
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
 
Quartet
3.70
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
3.77
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
 
Queen Lucia
3.99
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
 
Wessex Tales
3.88
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
 
No Fond Return of Love
3.97
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
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Jun 02, 2013
Jan 25, 2009
 
Jacob's Room
3.54
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 Soul of Kindness
3.94
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
 
Every Good Deed and Other Stories
4.08
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
 
The Fountain Overflows
3.97
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
 
Mr Skeffington
3.80
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
 
The Woodlanders
3.82
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
 
One Fine Day
4.07
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
 
The Odd Women
3.76
really liked it
`there are half a million more women than men in this unhappy country of ours . . . So many odd women - no making a pair with them.'
The Odd Women expl
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Aug 02, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
 
The Two Mrs. Abbotts
3.90
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
 
Don't Look Now and Other Stories
3.82
it was amazing
Don’t Look Now; a collection of five (long) short stories by Daphne Du Maurier first published in 1971 show her to have been a superb writer of shorte ...more
Feb 22, 2016
Feb 20, 2016
 
Wide Sargasso Sea
3.56
it was amazing
Set against a backdrop of lush, Jamaican plantations suffused with tropical colour, there is a languid rhythm to Rhys’ prose which seems to echo the l ...more
Feb 20, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
 
The Waves
4.14
really liked it
The Waves has the distinction of being my final read of my year of #Woolfalong. Although I technically have enough time left to squeeze in The Years, ...more
Dec 15, 2016
Dec 12, 2016
 
Summer Half
3.97
really liked it
Summer Half – is light, bright breezy, and often very funny, I found lots to enjoy in it, I certainly preferred it to my last Thirkell novel, and will ...more
Nov 2016
Oct 30, 2016
 
To the Lighthouse
3.76
it was amazing
To the Lighthouse is fairly simply exquisite. Impressionistic; the pitch and toss of its luminous prose, reminding the reader moment by moment of the ...more
Jan 03, 2016
Jan 01, 2016
 
The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters
4.09
it was amazing
really don't know where to begin in reviewing this stupendous work. I am fascinated by the Mitfords - and I have read several books about them or by ...more
Jun 30, 2010
May 21, 2010
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