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The Sapphire Trader's Secret by Dinah Jefferies
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This novel by Dinah Jefferies - published in the UK under the title ‘The Sapphire Widow’ - is a decent enough story of passion and deceit amongst the British colonial class in pre-Second World War Ceylon (as it was then known: it’s now called Sri Lan ...more
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Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett
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I think I may at long last have discovered a novelist of the Victorian, Edwardian and post-Edwardian eras whose writing style doesn’t turn me off. Having struggled with the often turgid and unreadable prose of George Eliot, Anthony Trollope and John ...more
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After the Party by Cressida Connolly
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‘After the Party’ is a superb novel. It is ostensibly a tale of three middle-class (Mitford-like) sisters who get caught up in the activities of the British Union of Fascists in the leafy lanes of Sussex in the 1930s and 1940s. But in reality it’s a ...more
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The Nick Of Time by Francis  King
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The previous book that I read, the Booker Prize-winning ‘The English Patient’ by Michael Ondaatje, was pretentious nonsense. Francis King’s ‘The Nick of Time’ could not be more different from it. It’s written in a spare, controlled, understated style ...more
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The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
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It’s clear from reading the comments of other Goodreads contributors that ‘The English Patient’ is one of those books that divides readers. There is seemingly no middle ground: you either love it or hate it. Well, I most definitely fall into the latt ...more
Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym
" Thank you, Barbara. My favourites are ‘Quartet in Autumn’ and ‘Excellent Women’. "
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An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope
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Joanna Trollope has a reputation for reliability and dependability in her writing and ‘An Unsuitable Match’ doesn’t rock the boat. Although nothing much happens, it’s an absorbing, character-driven novel about the difficulties of rediscovering love i ...more
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Tales from the Great North Wood by U3A Norwood
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I believe someone once said words to the effect that ‘everyone has a novel in them’. Well, I most certainly don’t! Indeed, I will go further: I don’t even have a short story in me. I long ago realised that I do not possess the imagination, the writin ...more
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Her Every Fear by Peter  Swanson
Her Every Fear
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The term ‘airport fiction’ or ‘airport novel’ is considered to be a somewhat disparaging one. But I really don’t understand why. It implies that the work in question is popular, is ideal for reading only while you are waiting for, or on, a flight or ...more
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The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
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‘The Gustav Sonata’ is a delicate, graceful and elegant novel about love and friendship, the way in which both emotions can be kindled, lost and transformed very easily, and about the negative impact of Swiss neutrality during the Second World War. I ...more
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