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About brightphoebus

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  • Birthday December 29


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    I love indie and folk music, hillwalking and birding and, oh, READING!
  • How did you hear about this site?
    Came across it on Google when looking for a review on a book and found Stewart's erudite post.

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    Lincoln In The Bardo - George Saunders
  1. The Principle

    Thanks, iff I'll put this on the TBR list right away. I really enjoyed Where I Left My Soul and The Sermon On The Fall of Rome but this one seems to have escaped me.
  2. Book Chain

    Half-Blood Blues - Esi Edugyan
  3. Book podcasts - which do you listen to?

    Have you heard of the Backlisted podcast, DP? It is something of a boy's club and can sound smug sometimes, but it's worth listening to to find out about striking writers from the past. A guest comes on to join the panel in going in depth to discuss the book and the author - they also talk about what they are reading at the moment. Thank you for the Read Like A Writer tip, will get on that immediately.
  4. Book Chain

    Of Human Bondage Somerset Maugham
  5. what is everyone doing?

    Oh, such great news Hazel!
  6. Milkman

    Right, this goes on the TBR list!
  7. Everything Under

    Thanks, Mr HG, will definitely read.
  8. Revived BGO Book Group

    The Dead, yes please!
  9. The Heather Blazing

    Oh my gosh, Toibin is the man! What a fantastic writer and all-round top bloke. I've read all his fiction and loved every one of them. I even sent him a fan email once in a fit of misguided enthusiasm (and got back a standard answer, embarassing )
  10. Book Chain

    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Jeanette Winterson
  11. what is everyone doing?

    Momac and meg, I'm sorry for the worry and pain that has just ocurred for you both. I do hope your daughter improves every day, Momac, and her medication stabilises everything again. Meg, there is quite a bit of genetic disability in my family and I know the feeling when you get a diagnosis that confirms what you already know - it comes as no great surprise, but you are still shot through with anxiety and uncertainty as your world shifts. My thoughts are with you and I wish you and your close family all the best.
  12. Currently Reading

    Assymetry by Lisa Halliday. What a fab piece of writing. Sad to be finishing it.
  13. Patrick Melrose

    Oh, the books are great! Highly recommended.
  14. Book Chain

    Dragon Teeth - Michael Crichton (I cheated)
  15. Definitely. I've just finished Frances Hardinge The Lie Tree, aimed at CYA and enjoyed it very much. On the radio recently I heard someone bemoan the loss of plot in novels other than crime novels, but in the best CYA you get all the characterisation and atmosphere but with great plots too.