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The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal
The Awkward Age
by Francesca Segal (Goodreads Author)
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This is an intelligent, non-showy, honest (as in true, convincing and not clichèd) book about family life and, in particular, the intriguing situation where two people fall in love in middle age and their children from previous marriages are thrust i ...more
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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
The Couple Next Door
by Shari Lapena (Goodreads Author)
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I thought this book was extremely clever. So expertly put together, it unfolds in a linear narrative that keeps the tension going all the way through, keeps the reader guessing and holds onto its secrets for just long enough without overdoing it. The ...more
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Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
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This book made me want to go and stick my head in the oven - but in a good way! It's a simple, elegiac and darkly humorous novel about middle age in a certain era. The loneliness of the four main characters is palpable and the mundane and repressed e ...more
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Holding by Graham Norton
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How annoying, as an aspiring novelist, to find that Graham Norton can host a popular TV show and run off a pretty fine novel in his spare time. I enjoyed spending time with this book. Both the characters and the setting were immediate and credible an ...more
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He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
He Said/She Said
by Erin Kelly (Goodreads Author)
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The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
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This is an interesting book of memoir essays/stories. I found the more consciously literary (coyote) less successful than the high drama (the trucker story). I was enthralled and intrigued and stunned and on other occasions, slightly irritated and bo ...more
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Follow You Home by Mark  Edwards
Follow You Home
by Mark Edwards (Goodreads Author)
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I finished this a few weeks ago and can now barely remember it. Had to read some of the reviews to remind myself. It's okay. It has a good foreboding atmosphere, particularly at the beginning with the set-up chapters. But it failed to capitalise on t ...more
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Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Anatomy of a Scandal
by Sarah Vaughan (Goodreads Author)
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An intelligent court room drama, reminiscent of Appletree Yard in the depiction of men's power over women, both in and out of the legal spectrum. Very topical in the light of #metoo. It's also a neat depiction of class power and privilege. I found it ...more
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The Accident on the A35 by Graeme Macrae Burnet
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Having loved His Bloody Project and The Disappearance of Alice Bedeau I read this novel in the sure fire knowledge that I couldn't go wrong. I didn't find it quite as successful as the other two, but it's impossible to give it fewer than four stars. ...more
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The North Water by Ian McGuire
The North Water
by Ian McGuire (Goodreads Author)
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Visceral, grim, dark, epic, soulful, mystical, shocking, original. What a novel. I absolutely loved it. At the beginning I thought, oh gawd, a yarn set on a whaling ship in olden times, this isn't for me. But it is as gripping and as real and present ...more
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Sylvia Plath
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Lane Ashfeldt
“You had to be ready for the sea because, if not, then the sea would be ready for you.”
Lane Ashfeldt, SaltWater

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