Laughter in the Dark – Vladimir Nabokov

“A certain man once lost a diamond cuff-link in the wide blue sea, and twenty years later, on the exact day, a Friday apparently, he was eating a large fish – but there was no diamond inside. That’s what I like about coincidence.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark This is the first novel…

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Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie

“Everything else you can live around, but not death. Death you have to live through.” ― Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire I was eagerly following the Womens Prize ceremony last week. I’d only read one of the shortlisted books (The Idiot), which I really enjoyed, and so I was keen to find out who would win….

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

“The road to Manderley lay ahead. There was no moon. The sky above our heads was inky black. But the sky on the horizon was not dark at all. It was shot with crimson, like a splash of blood. And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.” ― Daphne du…

The Idiot – Elif Batuman

I had been desperate to read this book ever since I saw it had been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize. The title also drew me in – it reminds me of Dostoevsky, and I love Dostoevsky. The story follows Selin, who has just started her studies at Harvard University. It is a story filled with…

Pride & Prejudice White Soup

Welcome to the first in my new series, #foodfrombooks. Last week, I went to see a lovely friend and we talked about my blogging. I have always been a lover of food and cooking, and I used to run a recipe blog called What To Have For Dinner Tonight. I really enjoyed sharing my recipes,…

The Beautiful Book Company Book Box

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye…

Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh

“…any one who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums, Paul learned, who find prison so soul destroying.” I have read Brideshead Revisited once, many years ago, but apart from that had never read…

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

“All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.” I am so excited to finally be sharing this review with you. This book is long (635 pages!) and due to various commitments it took me about a month to read. But,…

Birds Without Wings – Louis de Bernieres

“Man is a bird without wings and a bird is a man without sorrow.” I adore Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The first time I read it was on holiday, sitting in the sun listening to the birds and the crickets, the scents of oranges and lemons filling the air. I am taken back every time I…

Brushstrokes in Time – Sylvia Vetta

“I come into this world Bringing only paper, rope, a shadow.” My Bank Holiday Monday has not quite gone the way I expected it to. I had planned a Spring clean, preparations for the coming week at work, perhaps a walk. None of this has yet happened. I have instead read, from start to finish,…

Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman

I have always adored Norse Mythology. I love the way that the Gods are, despite being all-powerful, as flawed as humans. Thor is reckless. Odin is self-centred. Loki – well, Loki is the most amazing character I have ever come across. Greedy, cunning and always scheming. I’ve read many depictions of Norse mythology, from many…

Quicksand – Malin Persson Giolito

  “You are innocent until the courts have ruled that you are guilty. What kind of weird statement is that? Either you’re innocent all along, or else you did it, right from the start.” I’d never heard of Malin Persson Giolito before I picked up this book, drawn in by its cover and a description…