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  1. I must give this a go again, I've had it for ages and despite knowing that it ticks all my reading boxes I just can't get into it, I've started and failed to go on several times.
  2. It's 1938. Actor Frederic Stahl, originally Viennese now living in America, is making a film Paris where the Nazis are organising a sophisticated propaganda campaing to persuade the French that at all costs they must avoid another war. His initial determination to stay well apart from everything political is gradually eroded especially after he starts receiving none too subtle threats over shunning the Germans. I know how much Binker enjoys these books and I often share her tastes but I thought Alan Furst wasn't my sort of thing. I only read it for my book club and I really enjoyed it. The background detail is fascinating and totally convincing, there are no histrionic heroics and the writing is superb. And I gather it isn't even his best!
  3. Oh what a shame. I agree with you she sounded more and more depressed about the move.
  4. I'm so sorry about your job, Madelaine.
  5. Print/Kobo 1. A Rising Man - Abir Mukherjee ++++1/2 2. Night Trains - Andrew Martin +++1/2 3. Find You First - Linwood Barclay ++++ 4. Civilisations - Laurent Binet 5. The Strays of Paris - Jane Smiley ++++1/2 6. Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller +++++ 7. Pachinko - Min Jin Lee ++++1/2 All The Brave Shall be Forgiven - Chris Cleave DNF 8. Inge's War - Svenja O'Donnell ++++ 9. The Last Graduate - Naomi Novik ++++ 10. Chances Are - Richard Russo ++++ 11. A Comedy of Terrors - Libdsay Davis ++++ 12. Birdcage Walk - Helen Dunmore ++++ 13. Spring - Ali Smith +++1/2 14. The THursday Murder Club - Richard Osman (rr for Book Group) ++++1/2 15. Mission to Paris - Alan Furst ++++1/2 16. Elizabeth of the German Garden - Jennifer Walker +++ 17. Doomsday Book - Connie Willis ++++1/2 Audio Books The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriaty +++ for story, top notch narrating Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris One Virgin Too Many - Lindsay Davies ++++1/2
  6. I have to agree with you. I've left it unfinished on the Kobo, not because I disliked it just because I couldn't be bothered to continue.
  7. I have absolutely no idea how many books we have, must be well over 2000 even though I try to have a good cull twice a year for the charity book sale. The books are all over the house, novels in my office, the bedrooms, the kitchen, travel mostly in the passage, biography, history and bound copies of the Strand Magazine and the Yellow Book in the so-called library (a short passage with a tall bookcase.
  8. This was published in 1979 and is the story of Dana, a 26 year old African-American novelist living in California who finds herself repeatedly dragged back in time to the early 19th century and a Maryland plantation. She has a strange link to the plantation owner's son, and as her stays in the past become longer and longer she becomes more and more involved with the slaves and has to make some hard decisions, some of them morally dubious, especially to modern eyes. I read this about 3 months ago and still find it very hard to write my thoughts because it affected me so deeply. I think one reason is because the slaves in the book have a degree of resilience and endurance that is practically inconceivable to us today and it makes some of the things they have to put up with even more heart-rending. It isn't a perfect book but it's absolutely brilliant.
  9. I saw Dune in our local cinema which has a big screen about 2 months ago (it came out in France much earlier than the UK and US) and yes, I'd say you definitely need to see it on a large screen. I'm so pleased they're going ahead with part 2.
  10. The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne when I'm anywhere but the bath, Midnight at Malabar House by Vaseem Khan when I am in the bath.
  11. Just bought a Kobo Libra 2, which is waterproof and has a 7" screen. I cannot believe the difference the larger screen makes, I'm completely in love.
  12. This is music journalist David Hepworth's paean to what he considers is the greatest year of rock. He is hugely knowledgeable about the music of his youth (he was 21) but even if nostalgia has influenced his belief that 1971 produced more records that have really stood the test of time than any other year it's hard to dispute that there was some great music. His monthly playlists had me constantly firing up Spotify and my library has increased considerably. It's a very enjoyable read, full of interesting little facts and written with a refreshingly dry cynicism but he's never spiteful. It's probably of most interest to those who are familiar with at least some of the tracks either through being there at the time or discovering Pink Floyd, the Who, Carole King, Sly and the Family Stone, Roxy Music etc much later on.
  13. It's 1972 and in a small town in Ontario 7 year old Clara stands by the living room window watching and waiting for her runaway sister Rose to come back. Her next door neighbour Elizabeth is in hospital thinking back to when she was a young married woman and Liam, newly separated moves into Elizabeth's house, given to him by someone he can barely remember. The three stories interweave with perfect plotting, exquisite writing and great insight into the various characters. Mary Lawson is a quiet writer of such deceptive simplicity that it could lead some people to think dismissively that she's a mid-list easy read for those who think themselves above airport novels. I would disagree, I loved this book, there wasn't a duff sentence in it, and will certainly read it again, I enjoyed it so much I read it too quickly. Highly recommended.
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