Category Archives: 2011 New Reads

True Blood Omnibus – Charlaine Harris

(Gollancz e-book 2009) I must be one of the few people in Britain not to have a television, and as a result I’ve never seen ‘True Blood’, the television version of Charlaine Harris’s ‘Southern Vampire’ novel series narrated by Sookie … Continue reading

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Thornyhold – Mary Stewart

(Kindle e-book 2011, originally published 1988) I’d held off getting this one since I was hoping to win a copy in the Brown Paper giveaway: sadly, it was not to be, so I bought it for my Kindle. Geillis Ramsey … Continue reading

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The Father Brown stories – G. K. Chesterton

The first Father Brown story, The Blue Cross, was published in 1910, and many other stories followed, being collected into five volumes: The Innocence of Father Brown (1911), The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914), The Incredulity of Father Brown (1926), … Continue reading

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CryoBurn – Lois McMaster Bujold

(Baen e-book 2010) This is the latest in Bujold’s Vorkosigan series of sci-fi novels, coming some years after the events told in Diplomatic Immunity: Miles is married to Ekaterin, they have four children in addition to Ekaterin’s son Nikki, and … Continue reading

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To All Appearance, Dead – Liz Filleul

(Bettany Press e-book 2007) Amongst my childhood reading were stories of boarding school life, particularly that of the Chalet School of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (whose readers will instantly recognise the derivation of the book’s title). There’s a very strong community … Continue reading

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The Way to Dusty Death – Alistair MacLean

(Hodder e-book, originally published 1973) This book begins at the French Grand Prix, where a devastating collision has caused the death of a Californian driver, Isaac Jethou, and almost killed Johnny Harlow. It’s only one of a series of crashes … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

(e-book, originally published 1859) My track record with Dickens isn’t great: I’ve managed to finish only Great Expectations of his novels, and that’s only because I had to read it at school for GCSE*. I’ve previously started, and failed to … 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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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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