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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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The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

Published: 2012 by Salt My copy: borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “He feels again the tipping sensation he has experienced on and off since leaving the ferry. It feels like his soul is sliding out then … Continue reading

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Pole Dance by Tom Avery

Published: 2004 by Orion Books My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “Although I can partially relate to how Shackleton felt about his own performance, I find it astonishing that he managed to hold himself together. … 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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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Published: 2012 by Bloomsbury My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “Hope is a horrible thing, you know. I don’t know who decided to package Hope as a virtue because it’s not. It’s a plague. Hope … 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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Double Fault by Lionel Shriver

First Published: 1997 by Serpent’s Tail My copy: borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “the world was dense with losers. How many comers climbed to the pinnacles of their professions? The vast majority foundered, so why was … Continue reading

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The Still Point by Amy Sackville

Published: 2010 by Portobello Books My copy: bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “But a woman cannot live in longing alone. She must have called upon the forbearance that her husband had trusted she held in reserve; she must somehow have … Continue reading

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Not Her Real Name by Emily Perkins

Published: (3rd ed) 2002 by Picador My copy: Borrowed from the ‘swap shop’ shelf at work Memorable quote: “How nice to be in a room full of strangers, the lights out, the rain streaking the garden. The shitty day she’d … Continue reading

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Dead Men by Richard Pierce

First Published: 2012 by Gerald Duckworth My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “Mourning for Bowers is mourning for her father. Maybe carrying his name has burdened her with another kind of grief and guilt too, the kind we feel … Continue reading

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