Tag Archives: 20th century setting

The Abominable by Dan Simmons

Published: 2013 by Sphere My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “This altitude is not of this world, I think dully. We humans are not meant or evolved to be up here, I think, with some small sense of panic … Continue reading

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Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

Firstly, I must apologise for my unannounced hiatus from book blogging in recent weeks: I’ve been extremely busy with some major projects for my work and I’ve also been away staying my with in-laws (who live in a rather wonderful, … Continue reading

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One Day The Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead by Clare Dudman

First Published: as Wegener’s Jigsaw 2003 (Penguin edition 2005) My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “I imagine the ground beneath my feet shifting slowly. What is the point in fighting for territory if that territory moves? The thought … Continue reading

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Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

Every most Friday(s), in Brushing off the Dust, I revisit one of the many older book reviews written before I founded this blog. Here, I try to prioritise those titles that have really stayed with with me, or which have … Continue reading

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White Ghost Girls by Alice Greenway

Published: 2006 by Atlantic Books My copy: borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “And now I want to kill my father because he surrounds himself with so many people and adventures and stories that I will never … Continue reading

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Toby’s Room by Pat Barker

First published: 2012 by Hamish Hamilton (Penguin ed 2013) My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “Everything he saw, everything he felt, seemed to be filtered through his memories of the front line, as if a thin wash had … Continue reading

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Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard by Sara Wheeler

Every Friday, in Brushing off the Dust, I revisit one of the many older book reviews written before I founded this blog. Here, I try to prioritise those titles that have really stayed with with me, or which have shaped … Continue reading

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Ice Road by Gillian Slovo

First Published: 2004 by Little, Brown (Virago ed. 2005) My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “But there is a limit to the things you can hide from yourself and my own limit recently has got smaller. I’ve learned … Continue reading

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When Nights Were Cold by Susanna Jones

Published: 2012 by Mantle My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “Surely, I thought, if my father could travel through the tropics and into the Arctic Circle, if my neighbour could reach the Antarctic and walk on ice, if Frank … Continue reading

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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

First published: 1983 (Vintage paperback ed. 1998) My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “I had fallen under some sort of spell of the kind that certain places exude and it drew me, my imaginings, my … Continue reading

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