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Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Title: Assassin’s ApprenticeAuthor: Robin HobbPublisher: Harper VoyagerDate: 2014 (1995)Genre: FantasySummary: In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma. Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the… Continue reading Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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Book Review: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

Title: Cards on the TableAuthor: Agatha ChristiePublisher: HarperCollinsDate: 2016 (1936)Genre: Crime & Mystery / ClassicsSummary: A flamboyant party host is murdered in full view of a roomful of bridge players… Mr Shaitana was famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he was a man of whom everybody was a little afraid. So, when he boasted to… Continue reading Book Review: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

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Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

Today’s post is a mini-review of Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý! I intended for these ‘International Booker Prize 2021’ posts to be longer than my usual reviews but I just didn’t have much to say about this one. Title: WretchednessAuthor: Andrzej TichýTranslator: Nichola SmalleyPublisher: And Other StoriesDate: 2020 (2016)Genre: FictionSummary: Waiting by the canal in Malmö,… Continue reading Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

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Book Review: London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew

Title: London Labour and the London PoorAuthor: Henry MayhewPublisher: Oxford University PressDate: 2012 (1861)Genre: Non-Fiction / JournalismSummary: By turns alarming, touching, and funny, the pages of London Labour and the London Poor exposed a previously hidden world. Henry Mayhew conducted hundreds of interviews that provided a first-hand account of costermongers and street-sellers, of sewer-scavengers and chimney-sweeps,… Continue reading Book Review: London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew

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The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

At the end of March, I decided that I was going to read the entire International Booker Prize 2021 longlist before the end of the year. These posts, like some of my WHM posts, are going to be a strange hybrid of book reviews and research posts.  The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard (translated… Continue reading The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard – International Booker Prize 2021 Longlist

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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