The Unlikely Bookworm

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Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

When deciding which books to take on holiday to Australia with me, it was harder than I thought to select a couple from the BBC Top 100. Most of the books I have left to read from the list of the nation’s best-loved books aren’t what one would describe as beach reads. From Dickens to […]

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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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Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada

The number of books I have to read over the next twelve months dictates that as soon as I’ve finished one, I almost immediately need to start a second. And so it was that having finished Dracula for one of the book clubs I belong to, I began Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin for the second. […]

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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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Maggie & Me – Damian Barr

In terms of timing, the publication date of Damian Barr’s memoir – Maggie and Me – could not have been more apt. Margaret Thatcher’s died just seventeen days before Maggie and Me was released, and thus the book was welcomed into something of a media circus surrounding the iron lady’s death. The memoir begins in […]

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Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman

It was while I was perusing the shelves of my local Waterstones in search of the second Harry Potter book that I happened across Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, and immediately recognised it as one of the titles from the BBC’s Big Read. I later found it at a charity shop on Northcote Road […]

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On Black Sisters’ Street – Chika Unigwe

On our third evening at The Hurst, The Arvon Foundation’s scenic centre in Shropshire, we were lucky enough to have writer Chika Unigwe as a guest speaker. Nigerian Chika now resides in Belgium with her husband and four children and is the winner of the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition, A Commonwealth Short Story Award […]

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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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Review: A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

When I first challenged myself to reading the Top 100 BBC Reads, little did I know what was in store. I’ve previously spoken about the many books I may never have read, were it not for the fact that I was working my way through some of the best novels ever written. There have been […]

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Review: The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

English literature has provided bookworms like myself with an insurmountable amount of writing to work through; there’s Shakespeare, Wilde, Austen, Du Maurier and in more recent years the likes of McEwan and of course, she of Harry Potter fame – JK Rowling. Such is the volume of their work that it is easy to forget the American […]

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