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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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The Whore’s Asylum by Katy Darby

First Published: 2012 by Penguin My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “I have often considered that the attraction of any prison for idle visitors must be one with that of the bedlam and the graveyard; the fortunate fact that, … Continue reading

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Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding

Published: 2012 by Bloomsbury My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “We’re all so many people, aren’t we, nowadays? So confusing it is, I don’t know how anyone keeps track. There are the people we used … Continue reading

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The Cupboard by Rose Tremain

First Published: 1989 by Hamish Hamilton (Vintage ed. 1999) My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “Of course it’s a haunted life, with Gérard’s bone pile staring out at its edge and the girl in the … Continue reading

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The Nature of Ice by Robyn Mundy

Published: 2009 by Allen & Unwin My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “So easy to forget that sea ice is only a veneer, inherently flawed, skin-deep as desire, so transitory as to be scattered out to sea, displaced by … Continue reading

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Pym by Mat Johnson

Published: 2012 by Spiegel and Grau My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “That is how they stay so white: by refusing to accept blemish or history. Whiteness isn’t about being something, it is about being no thing, nothing, an … Continue reading

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A Great Task of Happiness: The Life of Kathleen Scott by Louisa Young

First Published: 1995 by Macmillan (Hydraulic Press ed. 2012) My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “‘It is lovely to be alive. I emit little shrieks from time to time, now there’ s no one to hear” Thoughts: There are … Continue reading

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Life Class by Pat Barker

First Published: 2007 by Hamish Hamilton (Penguin ed. 2012) My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “‘I wonder how it happened,’ Elinor said. ‘Why they stopped believing the world was going to end?’ Thoughts: I’m a fan of Pat Barker’s … Continue reading

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The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt

Published: 2010 by Vintage My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “People in the present age, she opined, did not leave their childhoods behind them, as the earnest Victorians had done.” Thoughts: This is a huge book, both in terms … Continue reading

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With Scott in the Antarctic: Edward Wilson, Explorer, Naturalist, Artist by Isobel E. Williams

Published: 2009 by The History Press My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “My pictures are the realisation of little things that have been treasured up in my mind, little traits of character picked up crumb by crumb in the … Continue reading

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