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batsy
A House and Its Head | Ivy Compton-Burnett
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Letter H

Another excellent one from the #nyrbbookclub though it's probably not to everyone's taste. Stylistically it's not a typical novel; it proceeds entirely through dialogue like some vicious Jacobean tragedy. I saw someone describe her books as "Gothic minimalism" and that's kind of a great way to sum up this one about a monstrous patriarch and his family.

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BarbaraBB
Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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Panpan

First I hoped this book would turn out to be some kind of Of Mice and Men but then it went totally off the road - or I did. Anyhow I have no clue what this was all about and do not really care either. It probably won‘t make the shortlist for the #BookerPrize2022

LeahBergen Too bad! But what a lovely photo. 😊 5h
Ruthiella Oh dear. At least it was short! @LeahBergen Isn‘t it amazing how Barbara manages to take a perfect and coordinated photo no matter where she is in the world? 😍 (edited) 4h
squirrelbrain Yeah, I was a bit confused as well! Lovely photo though! 😁 4h
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charl08 Ah what a shame. I guess it makes your ranking easier though? 4h
batsy Oh no, that's too bad you didn't like it. I have high expectations but maybe I ought to temper it a little now... 3h
Bookwomble I loved this book, but totally get why others may not, and that's why we have more than one book in the world 😊 2h
MicheleinPhilly I‘ll probably skip this one then. 2h
Cinfhen LOVE the photo!!! I had zero interest in reading this now im convinced I would hate it. 1h
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jlhammar
Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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The last of my #Booker2022 longlist order has arrived! Very curious about this one. I‘ve not read Alan Garner before. Can‘t wait! #bookmail

BarbaraBB I‘m about to start this one. 7h
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB @jlhammar Probably my favourite book of last year. I'm curious to learn what you both think 😊 6h
BarbaraBB @Bookwomble Just wrote my review. I didn‘t like it at all. It went all over my head I‘m afraid 😳 5h
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BarbaraBB
Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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#WeeklyForecast 32/22

I am having Chandelier in progress. This week I want to read another book for both the #BookerPrize2022 and #ReadingAfrica2022. A Single Rose is a recommendation by @Addison_Reads and I can use it for #FoodAndLit 🇯🇵

TrishB Good plan 👍🏻 2d
Addison_Reads I hope you like it. 😀 2d
Cinfhen I love the cover for your #ReadAfrica22 book 1d
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JillR
Winchelsea | Alex Preston
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Pickpick

“Murder, treason and illicit embraces…chases, battles and perilous high-seas skulduggery…international espionage, a whisper of witchcraft, and a cast of orphans, rogues and redcoats.” I admit the chases, battles and skulduggery lost me at times but at it‘s heart this was Goody‘s story, and what a heartbreaking yet hopeful story it is “…recognising that I felt most comfortable neither as woman nor man, but in the space between.”

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merelybookish
Checkout 19: A Novel | Claire-Louise Bennett
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I loved this book! Claire- Louise Bennett is a brilliant contemporary writer who pushes the boundaries of what fiction can do. This book is ostensibly about the narrator's development as an artist but that makes it sound straightforward and it's not.
She may pop up again for letter P. 😄
#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

batsy I really need to get to both her books! I've read a few interviews and she seems so interesting. 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you for playing!! 4d
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squirrelbrain
Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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Pickpick

#booker2022, book 8/13

This is so short, hardly even a novella, it took no time to listen to on audio. I‘d call it a fable; it‘s weird and fantastical and whilst I loved the narrator on the audio, the Northern dialect and the familiar slang words I‘m not sure I understood what was going on a lot of the time.

On reading reviews after I‘d finished it seems as though the author references a lot of his earlier works, of which I haven‘t read any.

rmaclean4 Where did you find the audio book? This is one I am having trouble finding. 7d
vivastory Garner has been on my TBR for a long time, but I haven't read him yet. I've had the following for awhile 7d
vivastory I'm really interested in Treacle Walker. I know that Backlisted has an episode on it, which is very rare for them to devote an episode for a new book. It's also rare for them to do repeat episodes on an author. 7d
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Cinfhen This is one I‘m in no rush to read - your review confirms my initial thought (edited) 7d
squirrelbrain @rmaclean4 it was on Scribd. I‘m in the UK (not sure where you are?) and I know they have different books in different countries. It did just come into my library too as an ebook, which is on BorrowBox so I guess they‘re playing catch-up after the long list announcement. 7d
rmaclean4 @squirrelbrain Thanks. It is not on Scribd in the US. 7d
charl08 I think I tried to read him as a teenager and got nowhere. But ai might be confusing him with someone else! 7d
charl08 Or even *I* 7d
squirrelbrain Yes, I think he must appeal quite a specific audience @charl08, and then you need to have read more of his books to appreciate / understand this one @vivastory 7d
Hazel2019 I think I‘ll stick to the physical book version. I tend to lose interest when accents are heavy and I lose meaning. But I do like fables! 7d
Ruthiella I‘m with @Cinfhen . Not rushing. Fables aren‘t my cup of tea. We‘ll see if it makes the shortlist. 6d
batsy I love Garner so much because of Owl Service. I also read The Stone Book Quartet in uni and liked it a lot, but need to revisit. He's a very specific type of writer that I love—very dense & steeped in English myths & sense of place. I don't always get it because I'm not English but his writing feels like a portal to unseen worlds, & I love that. Looking forward to this! 6d
squirrelbrain The accents didn‘t seem strong to me @Hazel2019, but then it‘s based in Northern England, where I‘m from! 6d
squirrelbrain @batsy - it sounds like you‘ll *love* this one then! 6d
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Tonton
Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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jlhammar I just ordered this one! I haven't read Alan Garner before. I agree, a pretty great list. I've loved the ones I've read so far (Keegan, Everett and Strout) and hope to get a few more in before the shortlist is out. Plan to start The Colony next. 7d
Tonton @jlhammar Try Garner‘s The Owl Service, one of my favorites! 7d
jlhammar @Tonton Good to know. Thanks for the rec! 7d
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Hanna-B

This one sounds excellent and the author has a love of brutalist architecture which I love