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Book review: Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill

There is something strange about apartment 16.  It has been empty for years and yet there are noises within.  When Apryl inherits a neighbouring apartment from her great-aunt, she discovers a series of disturbing journals and resolves to uncover the … Continue reading

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Book review: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

This philosophical novel explores life through the eyes of the concierge of an apartment building in Paris, interweaved with the journal extracts of one of the inhabitants, a 12 year old girl who has resolved to commit suicide on her … Continue reading

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Review: Florence and Giles by John Harding

Florence and her younger brother, Giles, are orphans, living with servants in the rambling house of their absent uncle.  Although denied an education, Florence hides in the library where she secretly teaches herself to read and devours its books, particularly … Continue reading

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Read in April and May

My reading has slowed considerably of late as I’ve been preoccupied with other things so I’ve grouped my April and May reads together. 44 Scotland Street – Alexander McCall Smith:     The novel depicts the (extra)ordinary lives of a group of … Continue reading

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Kindling my love

Never say never.  I love books, their look, their feel, their smell – I have over 350 of them in my loft, stored alphabetically in boxes so I can easily locate these old, faithful and reliable friends.  And that’s the … Continue reading

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Read in March

Oh dear, another quiet month on the reading front.  It’s not through lack of desire, just lack of time.  I also haven’t had a lot of time to write about the books so here are some brief summaries. The Unnamed … Continue reading

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Read in February

I haven’t read as much this month.  I don’t know why – everything just seemed to take so much longer than usual and I’ve also been busy with lots of other things.  However, what I lacked in quantity, I made … Continue reading

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