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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I wish there was a way to express screaming through text. But just know that I’m eternally screaming.

Okay. I can’t even collect my thoughts right now. 275 more words


"Painter of Silence" by Georgina Harding - review

I’ve had this on my shelf for a few years; a slim, unassuming book that didn’t scream “read me now”, but I finally picked it up simply because I wasn’t sure what else I was in the mood for.  855 more words

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Small Island: Of Course this book was adapted for a BBC Miniseries.

It’s easy to see why Andrea Levy’s 2004 monstrously successful Small Island was turned into a BBC mini-series. It has all the right stuff: historical fiction setting of post-WWII London, heady and illicit romance, examination of societal changes in race, class and gender through the small and focused familial experiences of one London home.  423 more words


The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville

Harley Savage, patchwork expert and part-time curator, arrives in the small town of Karakarook to help establish a heritage museum. Douglas Cheeseman, somewhat antithetically, arrives to supervise the demolition of a historic but badly decaying bridge and the construction of its replacement. 283 more words

Larry's Party by Carol Shields

I’m 50 later this year and planning to have a small house party to mark the occasion.  I want the night to be special, obviously, but not pretentious or over complicated.  298 more words


Lieutenant - Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville’s Lieutenant is based on a true story about the first British colony in New South Wales.

The story begins in Portsmouth with the character of Daniel Rooke, and the history of his childhood. 478 more words

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