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Eyejaybee

Joined May 2016

Catastrophe was my bedtime story. 👓 Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths.
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A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin
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Another great endpaper, especially appealing to a Leicester City fan with all those beautiful Foxes 🦊 🦊 🦊 🦊. #book #books #bookstagram #richardosman #themanwhodiedtwice #fiction #endpaper #endpapers #booklove #bookphotography #bookish #bookcommunity #hardback #thursdaymurderclub #crimefiction #youbeautifulfoxes

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Narrow Door | Joanne Harris
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Nute Very pretty! 11mo
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1979 | Val McDermid
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A Line to Kill | Anthony Horowitz
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Another great novel from Anthony Horowitz, effortlessly blending a great mystery story with an exercise in metafiction. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4198400968 #books #bookstagram #AnthonyHorowitz #danielhawthorne #alinetokill #crimefiction #fiction #metafiction #Alderney #festival #literaryfestival #endpaper #bookphotography #bookcommunity #hardback

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1979 | Val McDermid
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A Line to Kill | Anthony Horowitz
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Lovely endpapers in the hardback edition of Anthony Horowitz‘s latest novel, ‘A Line to Kill‘. #anthonyhorowitz #alinetokill #crimefiction #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #bookphoyography #fiction #danielhawthorne

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A wonderful book, evoking glorious cricket memories, and so much more. This is not merely one of the best cricket books I have read in a long time, but one of the best books of any genre. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4137737479 #books #bookstagram #cricket #nonfiction #booklove #booksbooksbooks #booknerd #bookphotography #bookish #bookcommunity #michaelhenderson #thatwillbeenglandgone

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charl08 That looks close to perfection for a Sat am. 1y
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London, Burning | ANTHONY. QUINN
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A wonderful evocation of life in the late 1970s, with a gripping plot and plausible characters to match. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4052711907. #books #anthonyquinn #londonburning #bookstagram #fiction #bookphotography #1970s #bookish #booklove #dauntbooks #history #politics #booknerd #bookcommunity

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Well, I was certainly sold the dummy here. Quite definitely the worst book I have read so far this year ... perhaps even a contender for worst of this century. Even the beautiful presentation (the cover beneath the dust jacket, and the endpapers, are exquisite) could not redeem it.
See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50202953. #books #bookstagram #fiction #dontreadit #art #history #dreadfulbook #dontjudgeabookbyitscover

mackelie I‘m really sorry you didn‘t enjoy this book! On the contrary, I loved it and think it‘s a brilliant read. But I do agree that it may not be for everyone :) 1y
Moonprismpower I enjoyed this book. However starting out, the story was very confusing and I had to read and reread quite slowly before it turned into a good book for me. I feel like it leaned quite close to literary fiction and usually literary is a hard pass for me. I hope you find a better next read! 1y
Palimpsest I can‘t access your Goodreads review, but I was only going to read your review to see what you found so unlikeable because this book in my opinion is brilliant. I may have interpreted it differently than the author‘s intention, but for me it was about creation, almost an ethnography; of being alone and trying to make sense of a world with very few clues, but continuing to live because that‘s what we are built to do. Book reminds me of Borges too. (edited) 1y
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Palimpsest I‘ve also read quite a bit about the real Piranesi and his imagined prisons, so my English lit trained brain was making all sorts of connections in theory which is how I look at literature. Just had to defend it because I think it‘s the best new fiction book I read last year. Not that anyone cares about my opinion, but to say that even the boards don‘t do it justice is harsh. 😕Then again I don‘t like what most people read. 1y
Bookwomble @Palimpsest I loved it, also, and I got a Borges feel from it as well. The Narnia connection was delightful, too, but mostly the power and grace of Clarke's language and images. Then again, I don't like what most people read 😃 1y
Palimpsest @Bookwomble I agree with the Narnia feel. I also got a bit of Samuel Beckett. Please note I don‘t mean to sound flippant when I said like you that I don‘t like what most people read, but I don‘t automatically buy what publishers push (although this book deserved the publicity) and I enjoy a lot of classical works, classic novels, non-fiction, some fantasy and a little avant-garde. I like well written, thought provoking stories and this fits. 😄 1y
Bookwomble @Palimpsest I didn't think you sounded flippant 🙂 1y
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Easing into the weekend. The coffee is wonderful, and so is the book, second in Elly Griffiths‘ Stephens and Mephisto series set in 1950s Brighton. #fiction #books #bookstagram #crimefiction #ellygriffiths #smokeandmirrors #booksandcoffee #coffeeandbooks #caffeine #whodunnit #mystery #brighton

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Notre-Dame de Paris | Victor Hugo
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Caroline2 Yum 😋 2y
TrishB Looks lovely ♥️ 2y
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Trio | William Boyd
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Box 88 | Charles Cumming
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susurran Ooo, I've somehow missed this one! Adding to my TBR, I love Charles Cumming! 1y
Eyejaybee Yes, I think he is wonderful. I think that Box 88 is one of his best. 1y
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Troubled Blood | Robert Galbraith
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Still Life | Val McDermid
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Enjoy Val McDermid‘s latest - absolutely up to her normal standard. DCI Karen Pirie is a wonderful character. #valmcdermid #stilllife #books #fiction #karenpirie #bookstagram #crimefiction #book #bookphotography #booklove #bookcommunity #bookish #booknerd #scottishfiction #scottishcrimefiction #scottishnoir

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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First trip back to a favourite haunt for a long time. Very glad to see the Cranford Cafe as welcoming, and the breakfasts as copious and delicious as ever. The book is great so far, too. #cranfordcafe #cranfordcafeknutsford #books #bookstagram #fiction #americanspy #laurenwilkinson #booksbooksbooks #bookish #bookphotography #coffee #caffeineaddict #booksandcoffee #coffeeandbooks #knutsford #bookcommunity #cheshire #blackcoffee #bankholidayweekend

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Moonflower Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Just started this and absolutely hooked already. Anthony Horowitz has a great gift for playing with the format of the crime story, but he never lets stylistic experiments detract from the story. The coffee is great too! #books #bookstahram #anthonyhorowitz #reading #moonflowermurders #fiction #crimefiction #atticuspund #bookish #booklove #booknerd #magpiemurders #whodunit #caffevero #booksandcoffee #coffee #coffeeandbooks #caffeine #caffeineaddict

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Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell
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Another great novel from author David Mitchell, recounting the role of 1960s alternative rock band, Utopia Avenue. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3485064853 #book #books #bookstagram #rockmusic #davidmitchell #utopiaavenue #1960s #summeroflove #booklove #bookcommunity #bookish #bookphotography #dauntbooks #booksbooksbooks #psychedelia #multiverse

Well-ReadNeck This cover! 😍 2y
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End of Term | A. C. Koning
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Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell
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charl08 Ooh, Lucky! 2y
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2y
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The Golden Rule | Amanda Craig
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Delighted to find the Muswell Hill Bookshop open again. Not a proper haul, really - I am still trying to get match-fit after lockdown - but at least it‘s a start. #tashaw #wethesurvivors #thefamiliars #staceyhalls #muswellhillbookshop #n10 #muswellhill fiction #book #books #bookshop #muswellhillbillies #bookish #independentbookshop #buyinglocal #bookphotography #booksbooksbooks #bookcommunity #catsandbooks #booksandcats

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The Truants | Kate Weinberg
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The Truants | Kate Weinberg
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Glass Hotel | Emily St John Mandel
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Glass Hotel | Emily St John Mandel
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I have waited for this book for a long time, but it has definitely been worth it. Absolutely marvellous so far, and I don‘t really want it to end. #emilystjohnmandel #theglasshotel #fiction book #books #bookstagram #bookphotography #bookcommunity #literaryfiction #contemporaryfiction #newyork #vancouver #britishcolumbia #canada #modernfiction #booklove #bookish #booknerd #bookporn #jamesreads

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A marvellous analysis of responses to Shakespeare‘s works in America over the last four hundred years. Shapiro is one of the leading Shakespearean scholars, and this book demonstrates why. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3373857968. #jamesshapiro #williamshakespeare #shakespeareinadividedamerica #shakespeare #history #literature #politics #literaryhistory #america #juliuscaesar #abrahamlincoln

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James Shapiro consolidates his position as one of the finest Shakespearean academics of his generation with this history of the Bard‘s political impact in the USA. Fascinating, yet also alarming. #jamesshapiro #shakespeareinadividedamerica #williamshakespeare #literarycriticism #shakespeare #history #literaryhistory #literature #criticism #america #americanhistory #abrahamlincoln #johnwilkesbooth

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Crippen | John Boyne
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Already completely engrossed in this novel. John Boyne is my great literary discovery of 2020. Why is the better known? #johnboyne #crippen #fiction #history #historicalfiction #1910 #murder #crimefiction #bookish #booknerd #booklive #bookphotography #irishliterature #wireless #contemporaryfiction #modernfiction #literaryfiction

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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I have been eagerly awaiting this book for years, ever since I read (and almost immediately re-read) the wonderful ‘Station Eleven‘ by @EmilyMandel. #TheGlassHotel #EmilyStJohnMandel #book #books #bookstagram #bookphotography #bookish #contemporaryfiction #literature #canadianfiction #bookcommunity #fiction #newbooks #newbook #amazonprime

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A wonderful history of Notre-Dame de Paris, including the dreadful fire that severely damaged, but failed to destroy, it almost a year ago. See my WordPress review at: https://eyejaybeee.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/a-review-of-notre-dame-the-soul-of-f.... #book #books #nonfiction #agnèspoirier #Nôtre-Dame #history #France #paris #medievalhistory #frenchhistory #booklove #bookish #bookcommunity #booknerd #politics #bookphotography

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The Parisian | Isabella Hammad
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Intrigued by this debut novel from Isabella Hammad, which follows a Palestinian student who travels to France to study medicine in 1914. The author paints a fascinating picture of life in France between the World Wars, alongside a history of the Holy Lands. #isabellahammad #theparisian #book #books #fiction #historicalfiction #bookish #politics #booklove #history #dauntbooks #bookphotography #lockdown #lockdownreading #socialdistancing #stayhome

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I was fortunate enough to meet Agnès Poirier last week at l‘Institut Français Royaume-Uni. She was introducing a showing of a fantastic documentary about the organ in Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, and I grabbed the opportunity to ask her to sign a copy of her latest book, which I am eagerly looking forward to reading. #agnespoirier #notredamedeparis #notredame #paris #history #books #france #frenchhistory

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What a delightful book, simultaneously entertaining and enlightening, and offering an enthralling account if Deirdre Blair‘s struggles to write her groundbreaking biographies of both Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3228147634. #biography #deirdrebair #literature #samuelbeckett #simonedebeauvoir #paris #1970s #nonfiction #history #literarybiography #drama #philosophy

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Hugely enjoying this delightful book so far. Memoirs of Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Paris ... what more enticing ingredients could one ask for? #book #books #deirdrebair #parisianlives #samuelbeckett #simonedebeauvoir #paris #coffee #booksandcoffee #coffeeandbooks #bookish #bookphotography #caffeineaddict #bookcommunity #booklove book nerd #caffeine #cafemelange #wakeupandsmellthecoffee #wakeupandsmellthecoffin

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An utterly delightful book I was woefully ignorant about Handel, but thanks to this informative and engaging account I now appreciate how little I knew, and what musical wonders I was missing out on see my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40710202-handel-in-london.
#janeglover #handelinlondon #history #book #books #bookish #booknerd #bookphotography #handel #classicalmusic #music #bookstagram #nonfiction #politics

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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A successful outing to Waterstones. Of course, if I had bought the Rory Stewart book a few months earlier I could have asked him to sign it in the Hideous Concrete Fortress. #book #books #bookstagram #waterstones #piccadillywaterstones #julianbaggini #howtheworldthinks #lindseydavis #acapitoldeath #rorystewart #theplacesinbetween #theanarchy #williamdalrymple #theblackbirder #dorothybhughes #smokeandashes #abirmukherjee #thehuntingparty #lucyfoley

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The Secret World | Christopher Andrew
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A fascinating and exhaustive history of intelligence and counter-intelligence, stretching from ancient Egypt under the Pharaohs right up to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden. See my Goodreads review at; https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3002125600. #book #books #christopherandrew #bookstagram #bookphotography #bookish #bookcommunity #nonfiction #dauntbooks #espionage #intelligence #counterintelligence #MI5 #MI6 #history #diplomacy #militaryhistory

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I definitely chose poorly here. I have never understood the acclaim for Hemingway, and suspect that it might represent another instance of the emperor‘s new clothes. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2987907364. #ernesthemingway #amoveablefeast #book #books #bookstagram #bookphotography #bookish #bookcommunity #memoirs #paris #booknerd #americanliterature #booklove

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Forever and a Day | Anthony Horowitz
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Kickstarting my day at the Rendezvous Cafe. I know this opinion may be a bit heretical, but I find that Anthony Horowitz‘s additions to the James Bond canon (like William Boyd‘s ‘Solo‘) are so much better than ian Fleming‘s originals. #rendezvouscafe #books #bookstagram #jamesbond #booksandcoffee #coffeeandbooks #fiction #caffeine #caffeineaddict #coffee #anthonyhorowitz #foreverandaday #inverness #williamboyd

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Patriots | Sana Krasikov
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This was a marvellous, engrossing intergenerational saga following Florence Fein, who emigrated from America to the USSR following the Depression, and her son and grandson who, seventy years later, are both enmeshed by the contrasting pull of the two countries. #fiction #sanakrasikov #history #politics #russia #america #sovietunion #coldwar #stalin #purges #literature
See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2953956167

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The Patriots: A Novel | Sana Krasikov
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KarouBlue Enjoyed this one! Hope you do as well! 3y
Eyejaybee Yes, I thought it was marvellous. 3y
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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It might not quite be 4.00 p.m. yet, but this has felt like a long hard day in the Hideous Concrete Fortress, especially when there is a book like that calling out to be read on the journey home. #fridayreads #kateatkinson #bigsky #book #fictiin #jacksonbrodie #books #hideousconcretefortress #bookstagram #bookphotography #bookish #booklove #dauntbooks #nookcommunity #nearlyhometime

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Another highly entertaining and exceedingly complex spy story from Chris Pavone, which sees Kate Moore, one of the main protagonists from his first novel, Expats, returning to espionage work. See me Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2852873068. #fiction #chrispavone #theparisdiversion #spyfiction #espionage #books #booksbooksbooks #americancrimefiction #katemoore #dauntbooks #hardbackfiction

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This is the fiftieth book I have read in 2019. An intriguing mix of science fiction and alternative history it tells of Charlie Friend‘s experiences when he buys Adam, a highly elaborate lifelike Android. Set in a very different 1982 in which Britain has just lost the Falklands War. See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42086795. #ianmcewan #machineslikeme #books #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #bookish #fiction #dauntbooks

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Bright Lights, Big City | Jay McInerney
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Just finished Jay McInerney‘s dazzling debut novel from the early 1980s, Bright Lights, Big City‘. Hedonism unleashed in New York City! See my Goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2832292977. #book #books #bookish #booksbooksbooks #guardianbooks #brightlightsbigcity #jaymcinerney #bookphotography #booklove #bookstagram #booklove #dauntbooks #booknerd #fiction #literature

Libby1 Ooh! Lovely Daunt Books! 3y
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