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Book Club: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

The Girl who save the King of SwedenI’m a little behind with Book Club updates… This title was actually read back in Aug/Sept, and I myself had already read it some months previously. There was no way I couldn’tread it, and there was no way we couldn’t choose to read it for Book Club. The author’s previous novel, The 100 Year Old man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, was so much enjoyed by us all that it is considered…

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Amazon vs Hachette

readingIt is perhaps inevitable that with any new idea or product or technology there will be a period of adjustment. So it is with e-books, as this article explains – one of the world’s biggest publishers is in dispute with one of the world’s biggest booksellers, over the issue of the price of e-books. Several hundred authors from various publishing houses have written an open letterto Amazon, claiming…

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Book Club: Mr Rosenblum’s List

I must confess, I didn’t get very far through this book before stopping. That’s the problem with reading more than one book at a time (something which I do quite often) – if one isn’t grabbing my attention, I naturally gravitate towards the other one when it comes to choosing which one to pick up.

Book Club: Mr Rosenblum’s List

I must confess, I didn’t get very far through this book before stopping. That’s the problem with reading more than one book at a time (something which I do quite often) – if one isn’t grabbing my attention, I naturally gravitate towards the other one when it comes to choosing which one to pick up.

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Tweeting a short story

Tweeting a short story

bone-clocks1I am eagerly awaiting the publication of the sixth novel by one of my favourite authors, David Mitchell, in September – The Bone Clocks. It will be his first novel since 2010’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a book which was probably my least favourite of his, and it will be ten years since the publication of Cloud Atlas, possibly my favourite book of all time. I have no idea what The…

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Recommended Reads: The Uninvited

Recommended Reads: The Uninvited

The uninvitedI just finished reading this while on holiday, and thought it best to write a review while it’s still fresh in my mind. But it was quite a thought provoking novel, one which I will be thinking about for a while yet, and not one that will slip from the memory relatively quickly.

Firstly, the negatives. Well, there is only one, but it’s quite a big one. The blurb on the back of this book is quite…

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