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The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett

I was in the middle of writing my review of The Colour of Magic – the first of Sir Terry Pratchett’s books that I’ve read – when it was announced that, aged 66, he had sadly passed away. Within minutes, the much-loved author was trending on Twitter, with thousands of his fans expressing their sorrow at […]

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The Stand – Stephen King

  Prior to reading The Stand, the only other book of Stephen King’s I had read was On Writing – part guide, part memoir, it had been recommended to me on a residential writing retreat I attended a couple of years ago. And whether it was the length of On Writing, or my pre-conceived notion […]

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Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton

  I first came across Edith Wharton at university; indeed reading and studying The Age of Innocence immediately cemented it as one of my favourite books. And while usually when I find an author I like, I read as many of their books as I can get my hands on in as short a time as […]

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The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer

    The amount of unread books I have on my shelves could last me many many months, were I able to avoid the temptation of new books. So addicted am I to the buying of books that I’m often guilty of buying duplicate copies of novels I love, just for the sake of it. And […]

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Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

  When deciding which books to take on holiday to Australia with me, it was harder than I thought to select a couple from the BBC Top 100. Most of the books I have left to read from the list of the nation’s best-loved books aren’t what one would describe as beach reads. From Dickens […]

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Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

  Whenever I holiday, I tend to overestimate the number of books I’ll read while away; indeed it’s not uncommon that I allocate more space in my suitcase for books than clothes. And so it was, that despite having packed eight rather large books for a three week trip to Sydney, that I found myself […]

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Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

  Having read – and thoroughly enjoyed – Tess of the D’Urbevilles towards the end of 2014, I was keen to read Thomas Hardy’s second entry in the BBC Top 100 as soon as possible. Voted the nation’s 48th best loved book of all time, Far From the Madding Crowd was Hardy’s fourth novel and […]

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Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

  When it comes to Christmas and birthday gifts, I’m very easily pleased. And so when my cousin Hal asked for present suggestions prior to my annual visit to Yorkshire, I emailed him with the names of the books I had left to read from the Top 100 and was delighted to receive copies of […]

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Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada

The number of books I have to read over the next twelve months dictates that as soon as I’ve finished one, I almost immediately need to start a second. And so it was that having finished Dracula for one of the book clubs I belong to, I began Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin for the second. […]

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Dracula – Bram Stoker

    Not one to do things by halves, on top of setting myself the challenge to have finished the Top 100 BBC Reads by the end of the year, I’ve also joined two books clubs; one at work which is to meet once a month, one with a group of friends, which – thankfully […]

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