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From the horror of slavery to the magic of a mermaid and a bear

I finished the Costa first novel award book. Not an easy read.

In my previous post I said that the writing seemed to have become better and I was beginning to enjoy it. 484 more words

Costa first novel award: it’s getting better! A lesson for me?

My current reading, The Confessions of Frannie Langton, winner of the Costa Book Award for a first novel, has suddenly improved. That is, the writing has improved or, perhaps better said, I am finding it easier to read. 350 more words

Reblog | The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather: The 2019 Costa Book of the Year

My Sabbatical is Over!

I’m back. However, posts will not be as frequent as during the old days. Also, I’ve decided not to allow your beautiful comments partly because of the time it takes to reply. 104 more words

Books & Writing

9. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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After hearing a little bit about this, I decided I probably wouldn’t pick it up. Murder mysteries rarely do anything for me anymore, and it sounded a bit gimmicky. 1,025 more words


Normal People – Sally Rooney

Rating: 3 stars

Marianne lives in a small town in the west of Ireland; her family are obviously wealthy but she attends the same school as Connell, whose mother Lorraine cleans the “white mansion” where Marianne, her mother and brother Alan live. 541 more words