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{Review} The Laughing Policeman – Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

After several weeks of the frivolity of Dorothy Sayer’s Lord Wimsey, it was time to settle down with a more serious crime novel. What better than a classic Swedish detective novel to sober me up! As we had two copies of this crime story at home, it seemed a good idea to read one of them before giving it away. 🙂
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{Review} Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950 – Mark Mazower

Prior to reading this book, the only thing that sprang to mind at the mention of this quintessentially Greek city was an Irish Folk/ Independence song, Salonica. I hoped this weighty tome (coming in at a chunky 544 pages) would shed some light on Salonica, or Thessaloniki as it is now called.
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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Books, European Reading Challenge

 

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{Review} The Second Death – Peter Tremayne

{Review} The Second Death – Peter Tremayne

It may be the 26th novel in the Fidelma series, but Peter Tremayne is not showing any sign of wanting to say farewell to this exciting, intelligent character. And thank goodness for that! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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{Review} Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas

{Review} Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas

First up: the world creation is seriously good. It came off the page and sucked me in. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge, Books

 

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{Review} H.I.D. (Hess is Dead) – Howard Brenton

{Review} H.I.D. (Hess is Dead) – Howard Brenton

“I mean who cares? The death of Rudolf Hess?”

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Posted by on June 21, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge, Books

 

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{Review} Too Loud a Solitude – Bohumil Hrabal

{Review} Too Loud a Solitude – Bohumil Hrabal

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For 35 years, Haňt’a has worked as a compactor of wastepaper and books. You could be forgiven for thinking the destroyer of tonnes of literature (subversive and otherwise) is an unthinking cog in the police state’s machine.
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Posted by on June 17, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge, Books

 

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{Review} A Cruel Courtship – Candace Robb

{Review} A Cruel Courtship – Candace Robb

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A Cruel Courtship is the last book in the Margaret Kerr series. Set in Scotland in 1297, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge, this book ties up several of the loose threads that have been left hanging over Margaret’s head. It also allows Robb to ‘retire’ Margaret from her role, gently writing her out. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge, Books

 

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{Review} A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar – Suzanne Joinson

{Review} A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar – Suzanne Joinson

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The story opens just outside Kashgar, (Western China) in 1923. The opening is toe-curlingly painful to read as an eleven year old girl, clearly too young to give birth, dies in labour. Throughout A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, Joinson does not shy away from the gruesome. Everything from abortion in the 1920s’, to Tayeb’s experiences as an illegal immigrant from Yemen, to the (nauseating) extremities that people in cults will go to to obtain ‘enlightenment’ are examined. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2016 in Books

 

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{Review} The Owl Service – Alan Garner

{Review} The Owl Service – Alan Garner

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Owls. That was the pattern formed by the plates hidden upstairs. But these owls vanished when they were copied onto paper. With each owl that fades from the page, another layer of magic is awoken, forming a net that encloses the valley. As the web tightens, will Alison, Roger and Gwyn be able to free themselves, or are they the latest three in the valley’s history to be forced to relive it? Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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{Review} The Celtic Ring – Björn Larsson

One of the main reasons I proof read on www.pgdp.net is so that I can pick up inklings about what it was like to live at the time when the novel was written. It’s exciting to find out about issues and PoVs contemporary to the author or story. But I spend so much time flicking through these older books that I often forget just how different the world was even a few years ago.

The Celtic Ring took me back to 1990 (24 years ago! 24!! The Berlin Wall had come down a few months before that!) with a little bump. My goodness how times have changed! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in 2014 Reading Challenges, Books

 

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