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Category Archives: My Favourite Books

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

I was gifted A Little Life for my 30th birthday by two of my wonderful friends Nik and Mitch. With a matter of hours to spare before the clock struck midnight on the final eve of my twenties, I had finished the long, laborious, emotional and enriching challenge of finishing the BBC Top 100; a feat that […]

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Coming Home – Rosamund Pilcher

I first came across Rosamund Pilcher when I read The Shell Seekers as part of my BBC Big Reads challenge – and was instantly swept away by the Cornish tale abundant in charm and nostalgia and beloved by a nation of readers. I later read The Carousel and September and while I was recommended Coming […]

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Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  As I approach the final stretch of my BBC Top 100 challenge; as the final ten draws ever closer, inevitably, the choice of what to read next is limited. The bulk of what is left are books that I’ve yet found the inclination to read; Catch 22, Ulysees, The Magus – but in amongst […]

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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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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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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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Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Many of the books I l have left to read from the BBC’s Top 100 Books remain unread for a reason; put quite simply, they’re books I’ve avoided. Many of them are sci-fi; a genre I would never opt to read out of choice; a couple of them are dauntingly long; and until recently, three that remained […]

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Wild – Cheryl Strayed

For me, one of the best things about going on holiday – indeed, one of the main reasons I like nothing more than spending a week in the sun – is the ample time it gives me to read. Often the bulk of my luggage comes from books, and when packing for eight days in […]

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Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram is one of those books that I’ve meant to read for years. I don’t remember when I first heard about it, simply that it’s been recommended to me a number of times, particularly since starting my blog. Yet, up until recently, it remained on my shelf, gathering dust like my hundred-or-so other unread novels, […]

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Life Drawing – Robin Black

Similar to writer’s block, there are times when, as a reader, I seem to hit a wall. This happened recently; I half-heartedly began a number of books but, unable to feign interest, discarded them within a few days. And for someone whose favourite past-time is reading, it can be hugely frustrating. Luckily, I was to […]

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