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‘Alias Grace’ by Margaret Atwood

Based on a true story, Alias Grace is an enthralling if somewhat overlong historical fiction.

In 1843, in a remote Canadian home an arduous 16 miles outside Toronto, James McDermott murdered his master, Thomas Kinnear, and the young housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in cold blood. 578 more words

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Round 3: In which there are many Augusts, but only one Anneswer

Hello everyone! I read at the beginning of August that this August is a very special August because there are 5 Saturdays Sundays and Mondays. In August. 814 more words

Sarah Waters has a time machine (or is a member of the undead)

Reading Sarah Waters inspires me, and also makes me want to put my head in the washing machine. For anyone who writes, reading a really good author, specifically one who has managed to perfect a certain, desired skill, is torture. 220 more words


Women Writers Reading Challenge #34: The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch

(Sorry I don’t have a picture of the book–it was just one of the things I forgot to do before leaving on vacation. Picture ocean waves and the title on the cover, and you’ll get the idea.) 351 more words

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The White Tiger - Quick Review

Aravind Adiga 

Atlantic Books (2008), 292 pages

Charity Shop, €2

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008

The White Tiger is a fast paced look at one Indian’s rise from a humble background to become a wealthy businessman in an increasingly globalised society.  76 more words

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John Berger’s Booker nominated novel From A to X is designed to infuriate readers. The man is simply asking for it.

From A to X… 639 more words

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man booker 2015: one expert's flawed opinions

Lo, these many years I have participated in the largely futile game of guessing the Man Booker winner. I’ve had successes and failures but mostly it’s a maddening exercise in literary addiction, tinged with galloping insanity. 818 more words