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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 of […]

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The Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M Auel

  The Clan of the Cave Bear was one of only a very small number of novels that made the BBC Top 100 Reads that I hand’t heard of prior to working my way through the list. Written by Jean M Auel and published in 1980, The Clan of the Cave Bear is the first […]

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Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

  Despite having studied – and hugely enjoyed – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde during my degree in English Literature, it was only as I neared the end of Treasure Island that it dawned on me that both novels were by the same author. Such is his prestige that Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson is […]

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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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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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A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

Ever since I went backpacking round India on my gap year, I’ve had something of a fascination with the country, and have vowed many times to return. Thus it was with great interest that I began the Indian epic A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. At 1,474 pages it’s one of the longest books written […]

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami

I’ve been recommended Haruki Murakami, and more specifically one of his most famous books – Norweigan Wood – by a number of people. Yet like many books I’ve been told to read it has remained on my ever growing unread pile of books. However, for our work surprise summer party, my rather lovely boss hired […]

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Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

Having recently finished The Snow Child, which was based on a Russian Fairytale called Little Daughter of the Snow by Arthur Ransome, I decided to read Swallows and Amazons, one of Ransome’s best-loved books and number 57 in the BBC’s Big Read. First published in 1930, the book was inspired by a summer spent by […]

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The Thread – Victoria Hislop

Having torn through both The Island and The Return, I was excited to discover that Victoria Hislop had a third novel coming out – this time called The Thread. Hislop excels in conveying a tangible sense of place and is a born storyteller. So enthralled was I with the cobbled streets of Granada and the […]

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Film Adaptations

Film adaptations of books are often risky and invariably disappointing. I can still remember quivering with rage having watched the screen version of Killing Me Softly starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes. The book is one of my all-time favourite novels and the film, quite literally destroyed it; both the casting and acting were horrific, […]

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