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Ambl1966

Ambl1966

Joined September 2019

Wasp Factory/Secret History/1984/Oryx and Crake
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So I‘m halfway through this book by Lisa Jewell and I realise that should be a warning about driving while listening to such a gut wrenching story. It‘s so marvellously done.

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This is new for me, I don‘t know what to expect at all, it‘s all on a recommendation

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The Heavens | Sandra Newman
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I‘ve just started this, I love stories about New York and New Yorkers, this is about to twist as well

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Being from a town not far from that river, I know Cricklade, Lechlade, and Oxford. It is a strange place full of strange people. This put me in mind of the Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, Philip Pullman‘s La Belle Sauvage, Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, English Settlement by XTC, the books of Angela Carter and the work of PJ Harvey. Tall ish gothic tales told in pubs up and down the Thames, about life and death, animals and the river.

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Kairos: Roman | Jenny Erpenbeck
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I‘m enjoying this very much, I suppose East Berlin and the 80s are cat nip for me

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Julia | Sandra Newman
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I‘ve been listening to this on Audible, I‘m completely invested in it. Julia was a great character already of course, but she‘s become so spellbinding in this. Just as Margaret Atwood has showed: us the life of women in totalitarian regimes is precarious at best. The imagination and detail is exemplary, highly recommended.

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The Fell | SARAH. MOSS
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Great book about the second lockdown in 2020. What to do if your tempted by the forbidden Lake District. I love the stream of consciousness here and the multi narrator approach as well. Really sums up the well the whole malaise of covid, thank god that‘s over.

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Intimacies | Lucy Caldwell
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I‘m enjoying this so much, it‘s beautiful, uplifting and heartbreaking. Wonderful

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Multitudes | Lucy Caldwell
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Delightful book of short stories about life and changes, loss and coming to terms with all of the above. There is a great lightness of touch that makes you invest in these stories. The characters are so honest as well, it‘s easy to sympathise and empathise.

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A quietly disturbing book with some unsettling home made witch craft. Merricat and Constance have their own world, full of rules and regulations, that at least make sense them. Constance cooks for safety and to preserve their sensibilities. Merricat protects by leaving totems buried in the ground. Cousin Charles appears and upsets their own world as well as the apple cart, glorious.

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Exceptionally honest account of Kerry Hudson‘s awful early life and the escape from it, beautifully written and full of honest emotion

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Heroes and Villains | Angela Carter
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Loving this, glorious and substantial

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And Away... | Bob Mortimer
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What a lovely book. I‘ve met Bob Mortimer twice, once in Safeway where I blathered something about Middlesbrough and once in Game where I told him of my enjoyment of House of Fools. He said that he thought it would only appeal to 13 year olds. I gabbled something about how we are still all 13 really. Anyway this is his life, all near death, delicious comedy and being the quiet one, I loved it.

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I heard some of this read on Radio 4 and it was fascinating

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HUNGRY | Grace Dent
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Love, love, love.
There is so much honesty here, it‘s almost overwhelming at times. Grace Dent talks with candour about how much she has enjoyed her time and what it means to a girl from Carlisle to be the restaurant critic on a national newspaper, even without a Maths GCSE. This book chimes with people who grew up in a house very small, with woodchip on the wall. I can‘t help feeling a little jealous at a vestibule though.

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HUNGRY | Grace Dent
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‘The past is another country, they eat chips differently there‘

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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Well, what a story. All about a group of people reenacting life in an Iron Age settlement. Done for academic purposes along with the family of a over bearing bus driver. The tale is so compelling as Silvie guides us on this voyage around her father while dressed in a scratchy tunic.

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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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I‘m loving this, why be comfortable on holiday, stay in an Iron Age settlement instead!

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Really enjoying the oddness of this, it‘s really everything I expected

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This dropped through my door yesterday. It‘s a bit of a tonic in these lockdown days.

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Rotters' Club | Jonathan Coe
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Back to this then, I‘ve decided to re read the first two before I get onto Middle England.

BarbaraBB Coe is a favorite of mine! 4y
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This is getting to be creepily enjoyable

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled One my favorite books ever. It‘s gripping and claustrophobic! 💀 5y
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A good Boxing Day book

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The Settlements [bc02a] | O. Jamie Walsh
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Well, I told his partner I‘d read it so here goes. Groucho Marx said ‘I laughed when you gave me your book, one day I intend to read it‘

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Well then Lyra goes east, as does Malcolm. We have as well now rose oil which has interesting properties. But the Isis inspired men from the mountains don‘t like it. As for the Magisterium, there‘s more intrigue going on there. We have breadcrumbs for the third part here. Is it any good though? I read it and enjoyed it, but didn‘t devour it. There‘s detail to get through, I maybe need to look at the other books before some things fall into place.

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Here we go then book two, trilogy two, Pan‘s been running around Oxford

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Delightfully all over the place. I love the way Kate Atkinson plays with the structure of novels and finds intriguing ways to tell stories. See you don‘t just get a story about a quest for identity, you get a Scottish campus novel as well. Reminiscent of A Very Peculiar Practice, but that‘s by the by. Bravo!

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I‘ve been enjoying Kate Atkinson of late and this has started well...

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Friend Request | Laura Marshall
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Highly entertaining, good read. Took me back to the 80s, god I love nostalgia. Quite gripping, a bit of a page turner.

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Marvellous book, I was trepidatious at the thought of this, because of the wonder of The Handmaid‘s Tale. This is everything I ever wanted from this story. Margaret Atwood is just the supreme novelist, her word craft, plot building and characterisation is just superb.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 5y
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