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Category Archives: Fantasy

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 of […]

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K Rowling

This year, the only book related challenge I have set myself is to tick off at least fifteen of the BBC’s Big Read. Thus, I thought I would begin 2013 by reading the fourth in J. K. Rowling’s series – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is the highest ranking of her four […]

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling

The third in the Harry Potter series is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which was published in 1999 and subsequently won the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, The Bram Stoker Award and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Lots of my friends had said the third book was their favourite, and with a […]

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

As soon as I finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I was desperate to read the next installment, and unable to source one to borrow, on a particularly dismal evening last week, I visited my local Waterstones in Clapham to get my next Harry Potter fix. Having been plagued by man-flu since running my […]

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

Much to the horror of a number of my friends, many of whom are huge Harry Potter fans, up until recently I was yet to read a single one of the best-selling series. This is despite both the books and the films dominating much of popular culture since they were first published fifteen years ago; […]

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym of Lewis Caroll in 1865. Its position at number 30 in the BBC’s Big Read cements it as one of the nation’s best-loved books and the tale is known world-wide having been made into a Disney feature film almost a century after […]

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Review: The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

  Since beginning my book blog in January and opening a Twitter account through which I am able to publicise it, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with publishers, authors and fellow book-bloggers whom I otherwise might not have come across. This has proved invaluable in terms of keeping up to date with the latest book […]

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Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S Lewis

Despite studying English Literature at university, I’m not the type of person to read into things a lot. By that I mean I take most things at face value and rarely look for hidden meanings or underlying messages. In the second year of my degree I took a module called Narrative and the Novel, which […]

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Review: The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

  When I was 17 and in my first year of A-Levels at Henley college I had the most wonderful teacher called Maureen Lenehan; she had short grey hair, an infectious laugh and her favourite book was Middle March by George Elliot. The most profound thing she said to me in that year was thus: […]

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