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  1. I have the copy with the Lewis Chessman on the front. Fontana 1972.
  2. I read Opal's list with interest, and laughed out loud when I reached Alan Titchmarsh after all that fantasy.
  3. The Camomile Lawn - Mary Wesley. The Halfmen of O - Maurice Gee. Silent Extras - Arnon Grunberg. Brighton Rock - Graham Greene. The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe. Jaws - Peter Benchley. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh. Of Human Bondage - Somerset Maugham. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath. I'm surprised at the result, as given more time I would not have put all of these as my top ten. Jaws is particularly surprising, but I suppose it left its mark on my psyche. The Halfmen of O was something I read as a boy, but have never forgotten.
  4. The Fantasy Centre on Holloway Road (London) was always my favourite bookshop, until it sadly closed down last year. Full of curiosities and eccentric people.
  5. The reason libraries are starting to concentrate on Reader Development these days, rather than simply lending books, is that books are so cheap to buy that borrowing has dropped drastically over the past 10 or 20 years. We will always stock the bestsellers (which are well borrowed), but have a look at what else your library is doing. They are not simply about lending books for pleasure any more.
  6. For those of you in or near the London Borough of Bromley, author Karen McLeod will be talking about her book In Search of the Missing Eyelash, at Bromley Central Library, on the 25th March (6:30pm - 8pm), as part of their Wilde About Books event. See http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/karen-mcleod/in-search-of-missing-eyelash.htm
  7. Fantastic. Here's a few more: When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification Cow Tipping in Paradise
  8. Inspired by Susan Hill's Howards End is On the Landing: name one of your favourite book titles. It doesn't have to be a book you actually liked. I'll begin: Beyond Lies the Wub.
  9. A good one to start with I would say. It's an enjoyable and short read, but with all the typical Eliot strands of realism. I think Romola is my favourite George Eliot, although you can never avoid the brilliance of Middlemarch.
  10. Or should that be 'with whom do you identify?' Anyway, I was just wondering which fictional character you identify with most?
  11. Personally, although Joyce wrote so-called experimental literature, his books seem rather dated to me, where other books of that time have lasted well. I suppose that's the nature of the beast.
  12. I liked it, but think she has surpassed it since, especially with Lighthousekeeping.
  13. Quite often I feel I should read books which are linked to films and TV, just because everyone else is reading them. It's nice when books get so much attention, but for me they are not usually the kind of books I like, so often they remain unread. I'm currently contemplating the Twilight series, but I'm not sure if I can stand the teenage highschool stuff.
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