IMG_3286 November 19

Tess of the D’Urbevilles – Thomas Hardy

  Thomas Hardy is one of several authors who appears more than once in the BBC Big Read poll – with both Far from the Madding Crowd and Tess of the D’Urberville’s featured in the Top 100. Published in 1891, Tess of the D’Urbevilles is one of the oldest classics on the list of 100, […]

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Perfume – Patrick Suskind

The further I get into the BBC Top 100 Reads, the more I rely on others for recommendations. Most recently Francesca Main – an editor at Picador who has worked on some of my favourite books in recent years – suggested I read Perfume and, describing it as both dark and atmospheric, I was sold. […]

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The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Almost every person I’ve encountered in the past three weeks is probably aware that I’ve been reading The Count of Monte Cristo. At number 44 on the BBC Big Reads, it’s one of the longest I’ve read to date – though having last night discovered that Dumas was paid by the word, one can certainly […]

Capture October 15

Reader Wanted

  As with many things, it started with a tweet. Thirty-four year old Andrew Bailey, who has Friedreich’s ataxia – a degenerative disease which stopped him being able to read 15 years ago – put a sign in a bookshop looking for someone to read to him. Having spotted the note, Dec Munro, from Crouch End […]

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The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

  Recently I began working at the publishers Bloombsury – having interned there many moons ago, being offered a job in the digital marketing department was something of a dream come true for me. On my first day there I was discussing with a new colleague what our favourite books were; one of his was […]

IMG_2698 October 02

The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien

With precious few weeks left before the year is out, and having set myself the task of reading at least 10 of the BBC Big Reads before 2014 draws to a close, after finishing Emma I soon began The Hobbit. Chosen largely because of a number of recommendations and partly because of its length; at […]

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Emma – Jane Austen

A day or two after Christmas last year, still in the festive afterglow fuelled by a haze of alcohol and country air, I had a conversation with my cousins in which we discussed our resolutions for the new year. With reading always a priority of mine, I vowed that by the end of 2014 I […]


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