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REVIEW: The Luck of the Vails – E. F. Benson

(Vintage 2013, originally published 1901) E. F. Benson is well-known for his Mapp and Lucia books, full of snobbery and bitchiness and small-town intrigues, but he also wrote this mystery novel (along with The Blotting Book, also recently re-issued by … Continue reading

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Quirkology – Richard Wiseman

(Macmillan 2008) Wiseman’s book is very similar to Levitt and Dubner’s Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, in that he tries to explain the quirks of modern life through experimental psychology, in his case, rather than statistics as in Levitt and Dubner’s books. … Continue reading

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The Monk – Matthew Lewis

(Oxford World Classics e-book 2010, originally published 1794) This eighteenth century “Gothic” novel brought its 19-year old author fame and notoriety. In places, it’s almost a pastiche of the genre, and with many moments of comedy amongst the supernatural and … Continue reading

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