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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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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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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 Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

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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Victim of the Aurora by Thomas Keneally

First Published: 1977 by William Collins Sons & Co. (Sceptre 2nd ed. 1994) My copy: Bought second-hand in paperback Memorable quote: “We’re in a unique position. It is far less dangerous to let the criminal escape than to admit the … 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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A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould

First Published: 1904  by Methuen My copy: free download on Kindle Memorable quote: “Believe me, science has done good to mankind, but it has done mischief too. If we wish to be poetical or romantic, we must shut our eyes … Continue reading

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The Voyage of The Discovery by Captain Scott

First Published: 1905 (Wordsworth Classics edition 2009) My copy: bought new in paperback Memorable quote: “The scene is so rarely beautiful that on the hilltops one seems to breathe inspiration from the keen air, and one’s thoughts are compelled to … Continue reading

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Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier

Published: 2006 by Harper My copy: bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “I secretly hoped that the change in the century would bring a change in us all; that England would miraculously slough off her shabby black coat to reveal something … 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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