Category Archives: Reviews

BOOK TO SCREEN: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

2005, directed by Joe Wright For most fans, Pride and Prejudice is their favourite book by Jane Austen (mine is Persuasion); it’s probably the best-known of her novels, and has been well-served with numerous screen (mostly television) adaptations. The BBC version of 1995, with Jennifer … Continue reading

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BOOK TO FILM: Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford

Since I’ve caved in and subscribed to Amazon Prime, I’ve been watching a lot of films and US TV shows this way. One of those included in the subscription was Parade’s End, a dramatisation of three of the novels comprising … Continue reading

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REVIEW: A Civil Contract – Georgette Heyer

Originally published 1961 When I first discovered Georgette Heyer in my teens, and started devouring her books wholesale, this was never one of my favourites. The plot – how two people enter into a marriage of convenience and how that … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry – B. S. Johnson

Picador 2013, originally published by Collins 1973 The title of this novel may seem a bit rude, but it refers to a method of accountancy invented by an Italian monk in the late fifteenth century (apparently). Christie Malry, being a … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Perfiditas – Alison Morton

Self-published/SilverWood Books 2013 Inevitably, a review of this book will contain spoilers for the first title in the series, Inceptio, so if you haven’t read it and don’t like spoilers, look away now… Perfiditas is set seven years after Inceptio … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Bumped – Megan McCafferty

(Corgi 2011) I’d been meaning to read Bumped for ages, having previously read and enjoyed McCafferty’s excellent Jessica Darling series, to which I was introduced by my sister back when Sloppy Firsts was first out in 2001. Bumped is quite … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Inceptio – Alison Morton

(self-published/SilverWood Books 2013) The premise for this book, the first in a series set in Roma Nova, is that Rome never really died out, but colonisers left the city during the downfall of the Roman Empire to found a new … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

(Macmillan 2014) I picked this up in Foyles in Stratford a few weeks ago, having vaguely remembered that Jenny at Reading the End had enjoyed Eleanor and Park, also by this author: I read a bit in the middle, and … Continue reading

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DWJ March – The Game: Diana Wynne Jones

I’d originally intended not to review anything for DWJ March except The Islands of Chaldea, but I picked The Game up a couple of weeks ago to re-read (since I’d only read it once before), and thought I might as … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Torrent – Lindsay Buroker

(self-published e-book, 2013) Book 1 in Rust and Relics series Delia and Simon are wandering around Arizona in their campervan using Delia’s archaeological knowledge (and her Indiana Jones-ish bullwhip skills) and Simon’s tech wizardry to locate and retrieve historical artefacts … Continue reading

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