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The History of Mr Polly by H.G. Wells

First Published: 1910 (Penguin Classics ed. 2005) My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “A weakly wilful being struggling to get obdurate things round impossible corners – in that symbol Mr. Polly could recognise himself and all the trouble of … Continue reading

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Armadale by Wilkie Collins

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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Kipps by H.G. Wells

First Published: 1905 (Penguin Classics ed. 2005) My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “His soul looked out upon life in general as a very small nestling might peep out of its nest. ” Thoughts: H.G. Wells is best known … Continue reading

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The Warden by Anthony Trollope

First Published: 1855 (Penguin digital ed. 2012) My copy: Free download on Kindle Memorable quote: “Nobody and everybody are always very kind, but unfortunately are generally very wrong.” Thoughts: Trollope is one of those big name Victorians who I’ve always … Continue reading

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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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Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

First Published: 1936 (Pan Books ed. 2013) My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “I’m tired of everlastingly being unnatural and never doing anything I want to do. I’m tired of acting like I don’t eat … Continue reading

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

First Published: 1850 My copy: Free download on Kindle Memorable quote: “It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and enclosing her in a sphere by herself.” Thoughts: I’d never previously tackled … Continue reading

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The Best of Saki by Saki

Stories First Published:  1904 – 1923 (this anthology 1994) My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “When I was younger, boys of your age used to be nice and innocent.” “Now we are only nice. One must specialise these … Continue reading

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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

First Published: 1831 (Penguin Classics ed.1986) My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “For the bright side of the painting I had limited sympathy. My visions were of shipwreck and famine; of death or captivity among … Continue reading

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Moby Dick, or The White Whale by Herman Melville

Published: 1851 My copy: free download on Kindle Memorable quote: “He piled upon the whale’s hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had … Continue reading

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