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December 18, 2015

Top recent reads from my bedside pile

Filed under: Book Reviews — The Writer @ 10:47 pm
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I took a quick pic of the books that I enjoyed over the past year/18 months. Here are some thoughts on some of them…

Anne Enright’s The Green Road, which I just finished this evening, contains a description of Celtic Tiger Christmas dinner shopping I doubt will ever be topped in fiction. The rest of it is pretty superb too. I felt like

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January 10, 2014

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Filed under: Book Reviews,Historical Fiction — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
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Title: The Red Tent Author: Anita Diamant Genre: Fiction Publisher: Macmillan Release Date: 1997-09-15 Pages: 321

During Biblical times, the red tent was the place where women would gather during menstruation and childbirth.

This book tells the story of Jacob and his 12 sons, including Joseph of the “amazing technicolour coat” fame – but from a different point of view. Our narrator is Jacob’s only daughter Dinah, who warrants just a passing

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January 12, 2012

The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Techie @ 3:47 pm
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Title: The Best of Everything Author: Rona Jaffe Genre: Classics, Literature Publisher: Penguin Classics

The writer came to stay before Christmas and bereft of good reading material I asked her for some recommendations. The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe was top of the list she tapped into a note on my iPhone and was the first of her recommendations that I purchased.

First published in 1958 the book is enjoying a second life thanks to the TV show Mad

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January 10, 2012

The Innocent by Harlan Coben

Filed under: Book Reviews,Thriller — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
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Title: The Innocent Author: Harlan Coben Genre: Thriller Publisher: Orion Publishing Release Date: 2009-03-19 Pages: 448

Matt Hunter's life has already been blown apart once. A fight, a friend in trouble, and the dull crack of someone's skull on the concrete cost him four years in jail, and a small sliver of his soul. When Matt got out he set about rebuilding his life. He carved himself a job as a lawyer and fell in love with a beautiful woman. The break in the road

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A Widow For One Year by John Irving

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
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Title: A widow for one year Author: John Irving Genre: Fiction Publisher: Random House Release Date: 1999-06-01 Pages: 667

Despite the fact that this book has been at hand for more than a year, somehow I never got round to reading it. The curse of the familiar bedside book, the “oh, I’ll read it soon” book! Somehow, though, it made its way through several culls as I moved and packed, managing to land in my travelling bag as something a captive audience

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Bel-Ami by Guy De Maupassant

Filed under: Book Reviews,Classics,Literature — The Artist @ 12:55 pm
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Title: Bel-ami Author: Guy Maupassant Genre: Classics, Literature Publisher: ePenguin Release Date: 1975-08-28 Pages: 416

Georges Duroy moves to the city to improve his fortunes and finds himself working as a lowly railway clerk. While debating what meal to have before going hungry, he runs into an old friend, Forestier, who has done well for himself. Enquiring as to his fortunes, Duroy finds that his wealth is derived from journalism, a career Forestier urges him to

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First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Artist @ 12:55 pm
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Title: First Love, Last Rites Author: Ian McEwan Genre: Fiction Publisher: Random House Release Date: 1997 Pages: 161

First Love, Last Rites is Ian McEwan’s first collection of short stories; it won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976.

McEwan’s characters are a strange lot; a man who ‘disappears’ his wife, a paedophile, a rapist, orphans and an infantilised man. What is stranger, however, is that any shock value one could attribute to the choosing

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Grace and Truth by Jennifer Johnston

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Writer @ 12:55 pm
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Title: Grace and Truth Author: Jennifer Johnston Genre: General Fiction Publisher: Headline Review Release Date: 2005 Pages: 250

Jennifer Johnston is a great storyteller, that much is true. I’m told graduates of the Irish secondary school system are likely to have encountered her coming-of-age novel Shadows on Our Skin, which was Booker Prize listed in 1977, but I had never come across her work until I read and thoroughly enjoyed This is not a Novel in 2002. I was quietly

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Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
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Title: Housekeeping Author: Marilynne Robinson Genre: Aunts Release Date: 2005 Pages: 219

I was fortunate enough to read Gilead by Marilynne Robinson this year. Blown away by her brilliance, I then set out to read Housekeeping – the only other work of fiction Robinson has written.

Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly. First they are under the care of their competent grandmother

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The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — Femmes @ 12:55 pm
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Title: The Jane Austen Book Club Author: Karen Joy Fowler Genre: General Fiction Release Date: 2004 Pages: 288

This delicious book is a witty comedy of contemporary manners, as well as a charming homage to the art of novel-writing. Brought together by a shared love of Jane Austen, five women and one man meet monthly to discuss her six novels. As the six characters go in search of the author – each has their own “private Austen” – they

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