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Snapshot May 2016

I could pretend that I was up at dawn to greet the first of May in the time honoured way, followed by a bit of a caper around the village maypole. 474 more words

Sunday Salon

‘Breakfast on Pluto’ by Patrick McCabe

I completely lost patience with this (thankfully short) novel.

Breakfast on Pluto is the dysfunctional story of Patrick ‘Pussy’ Braden, a transvestite living in the Irish village of Tyreelin near to the border with Northern Ireland. 289 more words


Snowdrops: How I Accidentally Read a Russian Mystery Novel

I had one of those afternoons where I ended up wandering around the public library sipping lukewarm decaf coffee and waiting to meet someone. You know, one of those library visits when you’re not properly looking for a book to read (you already have a mass stack waiting at home), but you browse because you browse. 374 more words


‘The Line of Beauty’ by Alan Hollinghurst

Divided into three sections, The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Booker Prize, is a beautifully written but pompous novel of privilege, hypocrisy, loneliness and belonging. 524 more words


LBF 2016 and Man Booker shortlist party

Well I hadn’t planned to go to London book fair this year but I was very lucky to get an invite to the Man  Booker international shortlist Party. 571 more words


‘The Colour of Blood’ by Brian Moore

Cardinal Stephan Bem’s task is a thankless one. In an unnamed eastern bloc country, the primate of its Catholic Church strives for a moral cohesion that will prevent the country being plunged into civil strife and possible invasion from its more powerful neighbours. 205 more words


Review: Bring up the bodies - Hilary Mantel 

I’ve been dreading reading this book ever since I failed to complete reading Wolf Hall and a part of me wasn’t sure what to do as this is the sequel to Wolf Hall which I hadn’t learnt the end of! 386 more words

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