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September's alternative reads

The Bookshop – Penelope Fitzgerald

The Outrun – Amy Liptrot

Nutshell – Ian McEwan

SS-GB – Len Deighton

Alternative Reads

A mansplaining fetus

A lot of people have been talking about Ian McEwan’s Nutshell. I’ve read that it’s original, that McEwan is subverting genres, and that it’s clever and incredibly entertaining. 410 more words


Year of publication: 2001
Found: Left behind in theatre dressing room
Pages/read time:  371, a week I think?


A common trope in this blog is my avoidance of books that have over-hyped movie remakes. 328 more words

Ellan Read

Nutshell, by Ian McEwan

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a plethora of Shakespeare play rewrites marking the 400th anniversary of his death.  I haven’t gone out of my way to read them, but I knew I had to get my hands on… 305 more words

Reader's Advisory


For September, if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, a little quirky, you have an interesting choice: you could read a book narrated by an unborn child, or a book about a person who’s unwittingly made a deal with the devil. 515 more words

A Sunday Commonplace

Books mentioned in this post:


The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner… 1,065 more words

On Chesil Beach (Ian McEwan)

At 166 pages, this book makes a perfect weekend read. No stranger to Ian McEwan, it is however nowhere peculiar unlike others as the plot centers around a newly married couple – Edward and Florence, and their first wedding night together in a small hotel at Chesil Beach. 546 more words

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