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Book Review: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Title: HousekeepingAuthor: Marilynne RobinsonPublisher: Faber and FaberDate: 2005 (1980)Genre: FictionSummary: Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and Lucille, orphans growing up in the small desolate town of Fingerbone in the vast northwest of America. Abandoned by a succession of relatives, the sisters find themselves in the care of Sylvie, the remote and enigmatic sister of their… Continue reading Book Review: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

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Book Review: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Title: Invisible CitiesAuthor: Italo CalvinoTranslator: William WeaverPublisher: Vintage ClassicsDate: 2019 (1972)Genre: FictionSummary: As Marco tells the khan about Armilla, which “has nothing that makes it seem a city, except the water pipes that rise vertically where the houses should be and spread out horizontally where the floors should be,” the spider-web city of Octavia, and other… Continue reading Book Review: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

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Book Review: Mort by Terry Pratchett

Title: MortAuthor: Terry PratchettPublisher: CorgiDate: 2012 (1987)Genre: FantasySummary: Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort, he offered him a job. After being assured that being dead was not compulsory, Mort accepted. However, he soon found that romantic longings did not mix easily with the responsibilities of being Death’s apprentice… Mort is the fourth… Continue reading Book Review: Mort by Terry Pratchett

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Shakespeare Saturdays: A Game at Chess by Thomas Middleton

Happy Saturday! Last week I wrote an overview of the life and works of Thomas Middleton – one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries and one of my favourite playwrights – and I’m focusing on one of his plays this week: A Game at Chess (1624). I think this is the first time I’ve ever written a Shakespeare Saturdays… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: A Game at Chess by Thomas Middleton

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Book Review: Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

Title: Murder in MesopotamiaAuthor: Agatha ChristiePublisher: HarperCollinsDate: 2015 (1936)Genre: Crime & Mystery / ClassicsSummary: An archaeologist’s wife is murdered on the shores of the River Tigris in Iraq… It was clear to Amy Leatheran that something sinister was going on at the Hassanieh dig in Iraq; something associated with the presence of ‘Lovely Louise’, wife of celebrated… Continue reading Book Review: Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

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#CCSpin 26 Reveal – Which Book Will I Be Reading?

The Classics Club Spin number was revealed yesterday and it was number 11! Click here to see my spin list. I’m just going to give a quick summary of the book in this post and a few stats like the number of pages, the edition I’m using, and other stuff. London Labour and the London… Continue reading #CCSpin 26 Reveal – Which Book Will I Be Reading?

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Middleton (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #7)

Happy Saturday! I have three favourite playwrights from the early modern era: Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, and Thomas Middleton. I haven’t written about any of them yet in this series about Shakespeare’s contemporaries, which is a shame, but I’m correcting that error today by focusing on the life and work of Thomas Middleton. I’m also… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Middleton (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #7)