Tag Archives: literary fiction

The Rose Crossing by Nicholas Jose

Published: 1997 by The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “He must be careful not to forget that the traveller was a scholar first and last, a dreamer who could not … 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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The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett

First Published: 1998 (Kindle ed. 2012 by Fourth Estate) My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “Do you ever feel this in your travels out west? That all the unexplored parts of the world are closing their doors; that so … 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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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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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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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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Life Class by Pat Barker

First Published: 2007 by Hamish Hamilton (Penguin ed. 2012) My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “‘I wonder how it happened,’ Elinor said. ‘Why they stopped believing the world was going to end?’ Thoughts: I’m a fan of Pat Barker’s … Continue reading

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