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Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

I first attempted to read Joseph’s Heller’s Catch 22 when in Cuba a number of years ago. Approximately two-thirds of the way through with no idea of what was actually happening, I traded it in for the somewhat easier read of Little Women, and have since avoided returning to it. Many a conversation has been had […]

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Bleak House – Charles Dickens

Attempting to read Bleak House by Charles Dickens while in the sweltering Balanese heat turned out to be something of a challenge – poolside reading Dickens is not – so despite being half way the 1000 page novel by the time I arrived in Ubud, I barely touched it while I was away. First published […]

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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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Middlemarch – George Eliot

Middle March has been recommended to me by a number of people over the years. First and foremost; my relentless, wonderful English teacher at Henley College – Maureen Lenehan – whose enthusiasm about George Eliot’s best-known novel I still remember with absolute clarity a decade on. Years later, on one of The Arvon Foundation’s writing […]

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War & Peace – Leo Tolstoy

When it came to the rather daunting task of reading Tolstoy’s War & Peace – number 20 in the BBC’s Big Read – I was very relieved that two of my favourite fellow bookworms, Helen (you can read here blog here) and Chloe offered to read along with me. At just short of 1500 pages […]

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Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

I read Little Women a number of years ago when I was in Cuba. My intention had been to read Catch 22, but 300 pages in I gave up with little understanding of what had happened thus far. Far better, I figured, to admit temporary defeat (Catch 22 still remains unread) and start another novel […]

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Katherine – Anya Seyton

I bought Katherine by Anya Seton a couple of years ago, way back when I first decided to read by way through the BBC Top 100. It has since remained unread on my bookshelf, along with many others I am yet to read. So it was a week or so ago that I decided to […]

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell

I’m often asked why it is that I love reading so much, and as much as I would like my reason to be a hugely intelligent one, the simple answer is that I do it for escapism. As a child I adored the make-believe world of Enid Blyton, from The Magic Faraway Tree to the […]

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David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

I was recently discussing my reading challenge with a colleague when he asked whether reading my way through the BBC Top 100 had changed my life in any way. And while I would hasten to say my reading challenge has changed my life per se, it has certainly impacted it a great deal. First and foremost, the challenge […]

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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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