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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

Shortly after reading The Rosie Project when it was published last spring, I was lucky enough to meet Graeme Simsion – whose debut novel had taken the publishing world by storm – at an event on the Southbank. I’m always nervous of meeting authors whose books I enjoy; but Melbourne-based Simsion could not have been nicer. Thus […]

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The Outsider – Albert Camus

I often find that once a book is brought to my attention that it suddenly appears to be everywhere; most recently this happened with The Outsider by Albert Camus. It was first recommended to me by one of my very best friends Tim, and then a week or so later I read an interview with Helen […]

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