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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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Ice by Anna Kavan

First published: 1967 (Peter Owen paperback 2006) My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “I felt a fearful sense of pressure and urgency, there was no time to lose, I was wasting time; it was a … Continue reading

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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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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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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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She Rises by Kate Worsley

Published: 2013 by Bloomsbury My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “When you stopped and pointed to where the estuary meets the sea, showed me how, when the tide is on the turn, the movement of the water stills. Watch, … Continue reading

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell

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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To the Ends of the Earth: A Sea Trilogy by William Golding

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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