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Dealing with Death While Abroad

This story is an old one; it happened before the days of Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook. Contact was limited to the garish lights of internet cafes, where faded notes were exchanged for fuzzy phone calls, emails were sporadic; photos unfiltered. I was nineteen, naive and entitled with big dreams of travelling the world; bigger dreams […]

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Review: Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Life of Pi is one of those books that’s been on my radar for a number of years now. Having won the Man Booker Prize in 2002 and been recommended to me by multiple friends I certainly didn’t mean to wait over a decade since its publication to read it – but alas, as with […]

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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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The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

  Recently I began working at the publishers Bloombsury – having interned there many moons ago, being offered a job in the digital marketing department was something of a dream come true for me. On my first day there I was discussing with a new colleague what our favourite books were; one of his was […]

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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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A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

Ever since I went backpacking round India on my gap year, I’ve had something of a fascination with the country, and have vowed many times to return. Thus it was with great interest that I began the Indian epic A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. At 1,474 pages it’s one of the longest books written […]

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The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s most famous novel, The Secret Garden, is a story I know very well, having grown up watching the 1993 film adaptation with Maggie Smith. Thus when I began reading the novel, number 51 in the BBC’s Top 100 Reads, I already had the characters’ faces in mind. It tells the story of […]

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Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

As a keen traveller myself, when I heard about Eat, Pray, Love and how it depicted one woman’s journey through Italy, India and Bali I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. My step-sister first told me about it in the summer of 2010 and it was one of those books that all […]

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