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  1. Thanks A Lot Mr Kibblewhite, My Story, Roger Daltrey
  2. Mary Yellan promises her mother on her mother's death bed that she will go and stay with her mother's sister, aunt Patience and her uncle at Jamaica Inn. Things go awry the minute she walks in and as events unfold Mary is pulled into a world of smuggling, wrecking and murder. All she has is her wits (which is more than Aunt Patience has by this time) and has no idea who she can trust. This is set in Cornwall - not far from the Poldark Cornwall of Winston Graham (and Warleggan is mentioned!) - and Jamaica Inn sits halfway between Bodmin and Launceton on the Bodmin Moor. Jamaica Inn actually exists and is still in operation today. It became a coaching inn in 1750 when coaches started to cross the moor and was actually used for smuggled goods. Daphne Du Maurier stayed there in 1930 when she got lost whilst out horse riding and was moved to write the book. This book is absolutely marvellous. Page turning action and excitement and brooding gothic darkness. The descriptions of the landscape are breath taking and the reader can just see what's happening as they read. Recommended
  3. The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, Machado de Assis
  4. Which translator did you read? Flora Thomson-Deveaux?
  5. Seventy years ago I made a pair of stilts from six-foot two-by-twos, with blocks to stand on nailed a foot from the bottom. If I was to learn to walk on stilts I wanted them red and I had to wait almost forever for the paint to dry, laid over the arms of a saggy, ancient Adirondack chair no longer good for much but holding hoes and rakes and stakes rolled up in twine, and at last I couldn’t wait a minute longer and took the stilts into my hands and stepped between them, stepped up and stepped out, tilted far forward, clopping fast and away down the walk, a foot above my neighborhood, the summer in my hair, my new red stilts stuck to my fingers, not knowing how far I’d be able to get, and now, in what seems just a few yards down the block, I’m there. Red Stilts by Ted Kooser
  6. Ann Cleeves, The Glass Room (Vera Stanhope 5)
  7. Xcited (that's allowed, isn't it?)that lockdown has eased a little
  8. Venting at the uselessness of it all
  9. This is a short book, some 120 pages, but it packs in a lot of information. The book is divided up into chapters called books which are further divided up into paragraphs which are numbered. There are notes to go with these which I didn't find at all useful so I ignored them. These are the thoughts of Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher. Although the book is divided up these thoughts don't seem to be in any kind of order. I had trouble when I started reading this because I heard Les Crane narrating Desiderata - for those of us who are old enough to remember that! - in my head so that was a challenge for me but this is very similar without the American accent and in more formal english prose. I didn't think that anything in this book stood out as particularly Stoic, rather it came across as the wisdom of a man who thought a lot even in the middle of a war and then decided to write his thoughts down. Recommended
  10. Quizzing like there's no tomorrow just because you suddenly have the time
  11. Ann Cleeves, The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope 9)
  12. I'll review the book when I'm finished
  13. Hello and welcome to BGO. The website link is in Ezekiel's profile
  14. It's available via the Amazon link on the BGO home page
  15. On paper to accompany the Marquis de Sade: Clarice Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart
  16. Franz Kafka, Amerika, Unicorns, Dragons and More Fantasy Amigurumi: Bring 14 Magical Characters to Life!, Joke Vermeiren, Bel-Ami, by Guy de Maupassant, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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