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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 Terror by Dan Simmons

Published: 2007 by Bantam My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “The blue flame in his chest had burrowed towards his heart like some alien entity, lingered like a disease, and centered in him as an almost unwanted core of … 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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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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Dog and Butterfly: Letters Home by John Philip Riffice

First Published: 2013 by Bella Media Management My copy: Supplied to me free of charge by the author, in return for an honest review Memorable quote: “Taped to my closet door, though, was the very first note he ever left … Continue reading

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On the Proper Use of Stars by Dominique Fortier

Translated from French by Shelia Fischman Published: 2010 by McClelland & Stewart My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “As for me, I have gone to the end of the Earth, I have fallen into the void where there are … Continue reading

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The Emperor of Dreams: The Lost Worlds of Clark Ashton Smith

Published: Stories first published between 1926 – 1989 (this collection 2002 by Gollancz) My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “The place has the air of a thirsty vampire, waiting to drink me in somehow if it can. It is … Continue reading

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Alone On The Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts

First Published: 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “To go where no one else had ever been, to see vistas that no human eye had previously beheld – those were the deeds … Continue reading

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