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My Lady’s Money by Wilkie Collins

First Published: 1877 in the Illustrated London News My copy: Free download on Kindle Memorable quote: “Suspect, in this case, the very last person on whom suspicion could possibly fall.’ Thoughts: One of my ongoing goals is to read the … Continue reading

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Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov

Translated from Russian by George Bird First published: 1996 (English translation Harvill ed 2002) My copy: bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “Something was wrong with his life, he thought, walking with downcast eyes. Or life itself had changed, and … Continue reading

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The Pole Seekers by Meredith Hooper

Published: 2000 by Hodder Children’s Books My copy: Bought in secondhand (for 1p, no less, can’t argue with that) in paperback Memorable quote: “Even crossing the deck it stole the precious warmth from our bodies like a thief. We learned … Continue reading

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The Twyning by Terence Blacker

Published: 2012 by Head of Zeus My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “What is it about this animal that is so bad and terrifying to you? She’s clean, she’s intelligent, she’s gentle – she’s never bitten anyone.” Thoughts: Distinctly … Continue reading

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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

First Published: 2002 by Corgi (Kindle ed. 2008) My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “As the amazing Maurice said, it was just a story about people and rats. And the difficult part was deciding who the people were, and … Continue reading

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Mrs Chippy’s Last Expedition 1914-1915 by Caroline Alexander

Published: 1997 by Bloomsbury My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “‘Yes,’ the Skipper continued, ‘Chippy is the great equalizer. We are all mere Men in the eyes of God and Mrs Chippy.’” Thoughts: A polar exploration book with … Continue reading

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Firmin by Sam Savage

Published: 20o8 by Weidenfield & Nicolson My copy: Bought in hardback Memorable quote: “There is a passage in The Phantom of the Opera where the phantom, a great genius who lives hidden from sight because of his great ugliness, says … Continue reading

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