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Hot Chocolate Cake. Chocolat.

Even the children – mainly river children, but some like Jeanette Drou and, of course, Anouk Rocher – were there, some almost asleep, some dancing by the river’s edge or eating sausages wrapped in thick barley pancakes, or drinking hot lemonade laced with ginger. 567 more words

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Mendiants. Chocolat.

… I prepare a batch of mendiants in the kitchen. These are my own favourites – biscuit-sized discs of dark, milk and white chocolate upon which have been scattered lemon-rind, almonds and plump Malaga raisins. 782 more words

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Mocha. Chocolat.

Armande plumped into the chair and took her glass in both hands. She looked eager as a child, her eyes shining, her expression rapt.
“Mmmm.” It was more than appreciation.
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The Tortoise and the Hare - Elizabeth Jenkins

First published in 1954, The Tortoise and the Hare is a forgotten gem. At first glance it appears to be a quaint period piece set in a rather unsympathetic milieu – upper class 1950’s. 524 more words

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Seed Cake. The Hobbit.

“A little beer would suit me better, if it’s all the same to you, my good sir,” said Balin with the white beard.  “But I don’t mind some cake – seed-cake if you have any.” 526 more words


Strange Pilgrims - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez is an acquired taste. This is my second attempt to acquire it (we did “Love in the Time of Cholera” a couple of years back). 434 more words

Book Review

Stoner by John Williams

by Marie
I had never heard of John Williams, but had picked up some of the excited literary gossip in last year’s papers about ‘Stoner’. First published in 1965, it seems not to have attracted much attention until it appeared as a Vintage paperback in 2012. 895 more words

Fiction: General

Christine A reblogged this on The Marlborough Reading Group and commented:

After a particularly exhilarating discussion in the Reading Group this evening I think this excellent review by Marie on Vulpes Libris just about rounds it off !