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The Most Abandoned Books

This is not a post about lascivious, sensual reading matter: instead it’s the title of a list of books many readers have given up put together by Goodreads. Given my recent disappointments mentioned in Friday’s post I headed off to have a look and found many all too familiar titles – Moby Dick, Gravity’s Rainbow […]

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Letters to Klaus by Klaus Flugge: A twofa or maybe a threefa

Sorting out books after my hols I came across a copy of Letters to Klaus from the children’s publisher Anderson Press, published as part of the Independent Booksellers Week promotion which began last Friday. It’s brilliant and entirely original. Klaus Flugge launched Anderson Press in 1976, naming it after Hans Christian Anderson, and went on

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Holiday reading ups and downs

Back from my Sussex hols the highlights of which were undoubtedly two gorgeous gardens – Great Dixter and Charleston Farmhouse – both the kind that look as if they’ve been causally thrown together although anyone who knows anything about gardening, and I know very little, understands that this kind of planting is the product of

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The Road to Urbino by Roma Tearne: Last night I dreamt…

I’m a sucker for biographical notes and always disappointed when they merely list previous books with a tight little sentence about where the author lives if you’re lucky. Partly nosiness on my part I’ll admit but often a little knowledge of an author’s life illuminates their writing. Reading one of Roma Tearne’s novels without knowing

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The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain (transl. Jane Aitkin and Emily Boyce): C’est tres bien

I have to admit I was a little sceptical about The President’s Hat. I thought it might be a tad whimsical for me but it turns out to be an absolute delight from start to finish. It begins with an accountant, a little out of sorts with his job, treating himself to a solitary meal

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