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Book Review: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal @KitdeWaal @PenguinRHUK #bookreview #MondayBlogs

Charming but realistic, moving but full of hope. The standard of the writing and storytelling in this book is so high, it’s hard to believe this is Kit de Waal’s first novel. And telling the story from the point of view of a nine-year-old child isn’t the easiest of things for an adult novelist to… Continue reading Book Review: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal @KitdeWaal @PenguinRHUK #bookreview #MondayBlogs

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26 Books in 2017 Book 18: A Previously Banned Book

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – Prohibition did it no harm Book number 18 in the challenge has to be a book that was previously banned. Originally published privately in 1928, DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover wasn’t widely available until it was picked up for publication by Penguin at the end of the 1950s. But before it… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 18: A Previously Banned Book

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Book Review: Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty @maclavertyB @JonathanCape #bookreview #MondayBlogs

Simply Superb Storytelling If I was about to be exiled to a desert island and I could take only three books with me MacLaverty’s 1998 novel, Grace Notes, would be one of them. It was my introduction to this author’s work and I’ve been a fan ever since. But being a fan of MacLaverty’s novels… Continue reading Book Review: Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty @maclavertyB @JonathanCape #bookreview #MondayBlogs

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine @GailHoneyman @HarperFiction #bookreview #Monday Blogs

Original, warm and poignant.  I loved this book. I loved the excellent writing and I loved Eleanor. Eleanor, who narrated her own story, describes herself as a survivor. She’s right. She has survived a terrible childhood trauma, and, as she sees it, now’s she’s in her thirties with a job and a flat, she’s completely… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine @GailHoneyman @HarperFiction #bookreview #Monday Blogs

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26 Books in 2017 Book 16: Books over 500 Pages Long

Big Books Quality versus Quantity Book 16 in the 26-Books-in-52-Weeks Challenge has to be a book that is over 500 pages long. Now, in the world of books size shouldn’t matter. Quality isn’t necessarily linked to quantity. If it’s a big book but it’s also a page-turner, I’ll read it more quickly and with more… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 16: Books over 500 Pages Long

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26 Books in 2017 Book 13: The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal @davcr @ProfileBooks

Book number 13 in the 26-Books-in-52-Weeks challenge has to be a book with a number in the title. There are various books I could have chosen. For example, one favourite from this category would be The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan, which is probably the first thriller I read aged about thirteen. Another favourite… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 13: The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal @davcr @ProfileBooks