Anna Quindlen

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Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen: If you like Elizabeth Strout or Ann Tyler…

Sometimes I cringe when I see the comparisons in publishers’ press releases but in Anna Quindlen’s case Scribner are spot on with Elizabeth Strout and Ann Tyler. She also shares with Strout a far smaller following here in the UK than she deserves, although I can happily put that in the past tense for Strout …

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John Betjeman statue (St. Pancras International)

Four Days in Amsterdam, Fourteen Days in Central Europe and Three Books

We’d already decided on another central European railway jaunt this year then Eurostar announced its new London to Amsterdam service. The idea of arriving in a city dear to both of us without setting foot on a plane was irresistible so we decided to extend our holiday to include a few days there. John Betjeman …

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Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen: A touch of the Anne Tylers

Not so long ago I had a run of heart-wrenching reads so it’s a pleasure to report that Anna Quindlen’s Still Life with Breadcrumbs is in the opposite corner. Not that there were any guarantees that it would be – I remember two of her previous books, Black and Blue and One True Thing, being …

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