Category Archives: Books

Book Review: Eleven, by Mark Watson

I was recently gifted a big box of books by a family friend having a clear out. This was the first book I picked out to read. I’ve always liked Mark Watson when I’ve seen him on TV (he’s a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Remains Of The Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro

We’ve had this book on the shelves for years and I finally got around to reading it a few weeks ago. I knew very little about it, just that Merchant Ivory had made film of it and it had something … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

I recently decided it was high time I re-read this classic, which is one of my favourites. The story is set in a small town in 1930s Alabama and follows the Finch family through the eyes of you ‘Scout’ Finch. … Continue reading

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Kind Of Awesome: The Joy Of Books

This is a rather wonderful video about the joys of a real book as opposed to an ebook. I dread to think how long this must have taken to film! Moving all of the books around to get the effects … Continue reading

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‘The Hobbit’ Trailer Released

Thank you for the early Christmas present, Peter Jackson! It looks so good!

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Book Review: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

You’ve probably heard of Wolf Hall. It won the Booker Prize in 2009 and I’ve only just got around to reading it! Wolf Hall is a historical novel following the fortunes of Thomas Cromwell as he serves first Cardinal Wolsey … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Social Animal, by David Brooks

I saw this book on my Amazon emails and bought it on a whim, which is unusual for me. I’ve already discussed the stages of adulthood, about which I learned by reading this book, in an earlier post. Brooks, a … Continue reading

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Stages Of Adulthood – The Odyssey Stage

I’ve been reading The Social Animal by David Brooks (a review will follow when I’ve finished it) and one thing that struck me was a short discussion on the stages of adulthood. Brooks says that there used to be for … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, by Roddy Doyle

This is supposedly a modern classic which I happened to spot in the library one day. The story follows the titular Paddy Clarke, a ten-year-old boy as he grows up in Barrytown near Dublin. Paddy dislikes his little brother for … Continue reading

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Book Review: Room, by Emma Donoghue

Room, the seventh book from 40 year-old author Emma Donoghue, is probably the most unique and original novel I have ever read. The book has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious prizes, including the man Booker Prize 2010 and … Continue reading

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