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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…

Top 10 Non-Fiction Books To Expand Your Mind

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot The value of non-fiction books is so often overlooked in favour of other, more instant sources of knowledge (cough…internet…cough), but sometimes there is nothing so beautiful and…

Engleby – Sebastian Faulks

“Lonely’s like any other organism; competitive and resourceful in the struggle to perpetuate itself.” Everyone knows Sebastian Faulks; Birdsong is an immensely popular novel (with good reason, it was impeccably researched and written with precision). I’m not sure if Engleby is as well known. I have no idea if people like it. I’ve never heard…

The Sense Of An Ending – Julian Barnes

“History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.” This book’s synopsis immediately drew me to it. It is a study of human memory, and whether the past as we recall it is actually what happened – and if it’s not, whether anyone can say what…

Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

“I assumed everything bad in the world could happen, because everything bad in the world already did happen.” I bought this book for two reasons. Firstly, when I’d mentioned that I enjoyed American Psycho to a friend, they recommended this to me and secondly, the big red sticker on the front which says ‘from the…

Better Than Before – Gretchen Rubin

“There’s a great satisfaction in knowing that we’ve made good use of our days, that we’ve lived up to our expectations of ourselves.” When I bought this book, struggling with the stresses of full-time work and study, I wanted a magical fix. I thought it would be easier to clean the house if I made…