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Book Review: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

Title: The Decameron Author: Giovanni Boccaccio Translator: Guido Waldman Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1353) Genre: Classics / Novellas Summary: In a country villa outside the city, ten young noble men and women who have escaped the plague decide to tell each other stories. Boccaccio’s skill as a dramatist is masterfully displayed in this virtuoso performance of one hundred… Continue reading Book Review: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

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Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Title: East of Eden Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Penguin Date: 2017 (1952) Genre: Classics / Historical Fiction Summary: California’s fertile Salinas Valley is home to two families whose destinies are fruitfully, and fatally, intertwined. Over the generations, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of the First World War, the Trasks and the Hamiltons will helplessly replay the… Continue reading Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

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Book Review: The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

Title: The Pillow Book Author: Sei Shōnagon Translator: Meredith McKinney Publisher: Penguin Classics Date: 2006 (c.1002) Genre: Classics / Non-fiction Summary: Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shōnagon, ostensibly for her own amusement, The Pillow Book offers a fascinating exploration of life among the nobility at the height of the Heian period, describing the exquisite pleasures of a confined… Continue reading Book Review: The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

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Book Review: The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club (featuring Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, & More)

Title: The Floating Admiral Author: The Detection Club Publisher: HarperCollins Date: 2017 (1931) Genre: Crime & Mystery Summary: Inspector Rudge does not encounter many cases of murder in the sleepy seaside town of Whynmouth. But when an old sailor lands a rowing boat containing a fresh corpse with a stab wound to the chest, the Inspector’s investigation immediately comes up against… Continue reading Book Review: The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club (featuring Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, & More)

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Book Review: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (Miss Marple #1)

Title: The Murder at the Vicarage Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: HarperCollins Date: 2016 (1930) Genre: Crime & Mystery Summary: ‘Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe,’ declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, ‘would be doing the world a large favour!’ – It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one… Continue reading Book Review: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (Miss Marple #1)

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ARC Book Review: Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau

Title: Dreamland Author: Nancy Bilyeau Publisher: Endeavour Media Publication Date: 16th January 2020 Genre: Historical Fiction / Mystery / Thriller Summary: The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground. But the invitation to Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America’s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend… Continue reading ARC Book Review: Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau

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Book Review: The Poetic Edda (Translated by Carolyne Larrington)

Title: Poetic Edda Translator: Carolyne Larrington Publisher: Oxford Univerity Press Date: 2014 (c.985) Genre: Poetry / Mythology Summary: She sees, coming up a second time, Earth from the ocean, eternally green the waterfalls plunge, an eagle soars above them, over the mountain hunting fish. After the terrible conflagration of Ragnarok, the earth rises serenely again from the ocean, and… Continue reading Book Review: The Poetic Edda (Translated by Carolyne Larrington)

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Book Review: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Title: Hogfather Author: Terry Pratchett Publisher: Corgi Date: 2013 (1996) Genre: Fantasy Summary: Susan had never hung up a stocking. She’d never put a tooth under her pillow in the serious expectation that a dentally inclined fairy would turn up. It wasn’t that her parents didn’t believe in such things. They didn’t need to believe in them. They know they existed.… Continue reading Book Review: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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Book Review: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Title: The Complete Poems Author: Emily Dickinson Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Date: 1976 (c.1890) Genre: Poetry Summary: Only eleven of Emily Dickinson’s poems were published prior to her death in 1886; the startling originality of her work doomed it to obscurity in her lifetime. Early posthumously published collections-some of them featuring liberally “edited” versions of the poems-did not… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

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Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 4)

Title: The Complete Stories Author: Flannery O’Connor Publisher: Faber and Faber Date: 2009 (c.1950s) Genre: Southern Gothic / Christian Realism Summary: This is the complete collection of stories from one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth century. Including A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, this collection also contains several stories only available… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 4)