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Book Review: Olivia by Dorothy Strachey

Title: Olivia Author: Dorothy Strachey Publisher: Vintage Classics Date: 2008 (1949) Genre: Fiction Summary: When Olivia turns sixteen she is sent to a Parisian finishing school to broaden her education. Soon after her arrival, she finds herself falling under the spell of her beautiful and charismatic teacher. But Madamoiselle Julie’s life is not as straightforward… Continue reading Book Review: Olivia by Dorothy Strachey

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#CCSpin 29 Reveal – Which Book Will I Be Reading?

The Classics Club Spin number was revealed yesterday and it was number 11! That means that I’ll be reading Aphra Behn’s The Rover, both part one and two, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m just going to give a quick summary of the play(s) and some info about the editions I’ll be using. The… Continue reading #CCSpin 29 Reveal – Which Book Will I Be Reading?

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Book Review: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Title: Whose Body? Author: Dorothy L. Sayers Publisher: Hodder Date: 2016 (1923) Genre: Mystery Summary: A It was the body of a tall stout man. On his dead face, a handsome pair of gold pince-nez mocked death with grotesque elegance. The body wore nothing else. Lord Peter Wimsey knew immediately what the corpse was supposed to… Continue reading Book Review: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

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Book Review: About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov (translated by Rosamund Bartlett)

Title: About Love and Other Stories Author: Anton Chekhov Translator: Rosamund Bartlett Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1885-1902) Genre: Short stories Summary: While his popularity as a playwright has sometimes overshadowed his achievements in prose, the importance of Chekhov’s stories is now recognized by readers as well as by fellow authors. Their themes – alienation, the… Continue reading Book Review: About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov (translated by Rosamund Bartlett)

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Book Review: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Title: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: HarperCollins Date: 2013 (1938) Genre: Crime / Mystery Summary: It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. The tyrannical Simeon Lee has been murdered, and Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate. Christmas was over… Continue reading Book Review: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

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Book Review: Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

Title: Appointment with DeathAuthor: Agatha ChristiePublisher: HarperCollinsDate: 2001 (1938)Genre: Crime / MysterySummary: Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sat the corpse of Mrs Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist was the only sign of the fatal injection that had killed her. With only 24 hours available to solve the… Continue reading Book Review: Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

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Book Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Title: Death on the NileAuthor: Agatha ChristiePublisher: HarperCollinsDate: 2014 (1937)Genre: Crime / MysterySummary: The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier… Continue reading Book Review: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

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Book Review: The Trial by Franz Kafka

Title: The TrialAuthor: Franz KafkaTranslator: Idris Parry Publisher: Penguin (Modern Classics)Date: 2015 (1925)Genre: Philosophical FictionSummary: A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he… Continue reading Book Review: The Trial by Franz Kafka

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Book Review: The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

Title: The Garden Party and Other StoriesAuthor: Katherine MansfieldPublisher: Penguin English LibraryDate: 2002 (1922)Genre: Realism / Short storiesSummary: ‘They could not have had a more perfect day for a garden-party if they had ordered it.’ A windless, warm day greets the Sheridan family on the day of their garden party. As daughter Laura takes the reins… Continue reading Book Review: The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield