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Category Archives: Romance

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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Persuasion – Jane Austen

  Prior to making the decision to read my way through the BBC Top 100 Reads I was yet to read any of Jane Austen’s novels. Thus, finishing the third of her books to have made the list of the nation’s best loved books feels like something of a personal achievement. Persuasion – at number […]

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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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Wake – Anna Hope

The challenge I set myself a couple of years ago – to read the BBC’s Top 100 books – has certainly been an interesting one thus far. I’ve read a vast number of books that I wouldn’t have otherwise – most of which I’ve enjoyed; others less so. The one downside to it has been […]

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The Carousel – Rosamunde Pilcher

When choosing the books to take to Hvar with me – having made the mistake of taking Wuthering Heights and The Counte of Monte Cristo to Dubronik earlier in the year – I deliberately chose easy reads. Thus, as well as taking Precious Thing by Colette McBeth, I also packed The Carousel by Rosamund Pitcher and Miss […]

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Fifty Shades Trilogy – E. L James

Unless you’ve been hiding under a very large rock, in a very dark cave somewhere off a remote island, or have absolutely zero interest in anything happening in either the news or mainstream popular culture, chances are you’ve heard about the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by British author E. L James. When I was […]

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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: The Book of Summers – Emylia Hall

The Book of Summers

As a seasoned reader of books, I can usually tell as soon as I see one whether I’ll like it or not. And as I opened a package to find Emylia Hall’s debut novel The Book of Summers, I knew right away. Scrolled atop the turquoise cover: ‘Every Summer was perfect. Until the last,’; and the blurb; […]

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Review: I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith

As a child I read a book called Skinny Melon and Me by Jean Ure; written in the form of a diary it chronicled the life of Cherry, whose mother had remarried – much to her disgust – a man named Roland Butter. His favourite book, and one that was mentioned on numerous occasions in Skinny Melon and […]

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Review: Chocolat – Joanne Harris

  Most of my close friends, and indeed some of my not-so-close acquaintances, will, at some point, have been a victim of my Joanne Harris campaign. In previous posts I’ve touched upon my tendency as a reader to demolish entire back catalogues of writers whose work I enjoy, and Joanne Harris is certainly no objection […]

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