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The Diary of a Nobody – George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith

Almost a year ago now, my cousin’s cousin Athel, with whom I spend Christmas in Yorkshire, asked if I would be interesting in joining a book club he was setting up. Soon after, the Beaufort Mansions Book Club was born, launching with Alone in Berlin, before moving onto Great Expectations and then most recently The Diary […]

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Black Rabbit Hall – Eve Chase

The blurb of Eve Chase’s debut is the type that seduces its reader before the book is even opened. Set in an idyllic Cornish home – from which the novel gets its name – in Black Rabbit Hall nothing much happens, until the very worst thing does and the lives of its inhabitants are changed forever. The tale is […]

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The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

Shortly after reading The Rosie Project when it was published last spring, I was lucky enough to meet Graeme Simsion – whose debut novel had taken the publishing world by storm – at an event on the Southbank. I’m always nervous of meeting authors whose books I enjoy; but Melbourne-based Simsion could not have been nicer. Thus […]

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My Salinger Year – Joanna Rakoff

Many years ago, as a graduate fresh out of university, I had to make the tricky decision of choosing between doing a masters degree – for which I had won a scholarship – or interning at various publishing houses until I was offered a job. After much deliberation I chose the latter option, and thus […]

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How to Get Published

Since completing Nano Wrimo in November – which entailed writing 50,000 words in the space of a month, my own writing endeavour has somewhat stalled. A number of factors have contributed – a lack of inspiration, flailing self-belief, and an overwhelming pile of books that I’m trying to read my way through. And so, in […]

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Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

After hearing Jojo Moyes read an extract from Me Before You at the World Book Night event I recently attended at the Southbank, I was keen to read the ninth novel from former journalist Moyes, who has twice won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. That it was chosen as one of twenty books […]

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The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

Of late, I’ve somewhat struggled with my reading endeavours. I’ve started – and stopped – a number of books in the past couple of weeks that haven’t quite grabbed me. Often it can turn reading, one of my favourite things to do, into something of a chore. As it was, over the weekend I was […]

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Review: Blue Monday – Nicci French

  I’ve been a fan of writing duo Nicci French ever since I stumbled across the deliciously dark Killing Me Softly in a Brighton thrift shop many years ago. And despite having read numerous classics in more recent years, it still remains one of my absolute favourite books, and one that, had I more time […]

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