Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins

(Project Gutenberg e-book, originally published 1868) Regarded by some as the first English detective novel, this exciting and interesting novel is told from a variety of different viewpoints. The plot is easily summarised. On the death of her uncle, Colonel … Continue reading

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Of Mutability – Jo Shapcott

(Faber & Faber 2010) This slim volume of around fifty poems, most of them short or very short, won the Costa Book of the Year last year. Thinking that I needed to read a bit more poetry, I picked this … Continue reading

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Poetry: The Windhover

I saw this poem on a Jubilee line train* the other morning, and liked it so much I thought I’d post it. You can find the original on Bartleby, as I did, from a 1918 collection of Hopkins’ poems. I CAUGHT this … Continue reading

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The Anthologist – Nicholson Baker

(ARC, Simon & Schuster 2009) I saw this ARC* at my parents’ and picked it up, having read Jenny’s positive review of the book back in May. The Anthologist is the story of poet Paul Chowder, struggling with the introduction … Continue reading

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Sex and the City – Candace Bushnell

(originally published 1997) I read this while at my parents’ house and so don’t have a copy to refresh my memory. This is a collection of Bushnell’s newspaper columns, originally written in the New York Observer from 1994, and detailed … Continue reading

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Hearts and Minds – Rosy Thornton

Apologies for not posting for a few days – I’ve been very busy and away from home this week (to the Netherlands, for work), so my posting schedule has been delayed. However, my trip away allowed me to read Dickens’ … Continue reading

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The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps – Michel Faber

(Canongate 2008, originally published 2001) “This book exists because Keith Wilson, Artist in Residence at Whitby Abbey during summer 2000, asked me to come and write a short story inspired by the English Heritage dig…” writes Faber in the Acknowledgements. … Continue reading

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Novels by Alistair MacLean – part 2

The first part of my mini-review of MacLean’s thrillers is here, while part two follows below. Night Without End (1959) was MacLean’s fifth novel. It’s told in the first-person by Dr Mason, who with two companions – an Inuit called … Continue reading

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Blood Bound – Patricia Briggs

(Orbit e-book, 2007) I remarked in my review of the first of this series that, while I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t sufficiently different from other such paranormal fantasy novels as to make it worthwhile reading the rest of the … Continue reading

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