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Review: The Divide by Nicholas Evans

I finally got round to reading Nicholas Evans’ book The Divide.  It came out a while ago and I’ve been meaning to read it for ages as he is one of my favourite authors.  The books I most enjoyed of his were The Smoke Jumper and The Horse Whisperer.  I can’t say I didn’t enjoy The Loopbecause it was great and I hadn’t read a story like that before so I would recommend all of his books.  His great…

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2014 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction

I completely missed the announcement of the winner of the 2014 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction on June 4th…as you may have noticed my blog has had to take a backseat recently but without further ado let me share with you what I believe was an unexpected winner given the other entries on the shortlist.  And the winner is:

A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

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What the judges said:

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Oprah’s Top 10 Books

I may not have the same reading preferences as Oprah all the time but I know that she often picks really great books for her readers.  This is a list I particularly like.  Oprah was asked to pick the top 10 books that have mattered to her during her magazine’s first decade (2000-2010) and this is what she chose…

A NEW EARTH By Eckhart Tolle

“There’s a reason Oprah picked this for her Book Club…

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2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize Winner

The winner of the 2014 Sunday Times Prize for Fiction is: The Spiral House by Claire Robertson…

Today is Youth Day in South Africa.  Today we remember the youth who on 16 June 1976 held a peaceful protest march and who were met with bullets…

Today is Youth Day in South Africa.  Today we remember the youth who on 16 June 1976 held a peaceful protest march and who were met with bullets…

Kafka was a magnificent reader and similarly magnificent as a listener. It was typical of Kafka that he had a gift for behaving towards his friends with affection while taking them seriously; it is not at all easy to combine these two attitudes, but Kafka achieved it in an admirable manner. He was extremely harsh and strict with himself, but to his friends he was kindly, earnest in his judgement, and obliging. He tended to refer to his great works dismissively, using the word ‘scribblings’, yet my minor attempts at philosophy, for example, he would take very seriously …
Felix Weltsch on Franz Kafka (via litafficionado)

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10 Books That Make You Feel Dumb

BookRiotconducted a survey with 463 of their readers to find out which books have left readers feeling dumb.  Their list includes 17 of the top novels to have dumbfounded readers but here I will share with you the top 10.  I’m particularly interested in the list entries as a number of them are on my TBR list so I’d love to hear if you all agree with BookRiot readers.  Some of these books have…

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FBF: All TIME 100 Novels – The Confessions of Nat Turner

All TIME 100 Best Novels #22 The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

After a 2 week hiatus I’m back with the FBF!

The Confessions of Nat Turnerwas published in 1967 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  The novel is viewed as having cemented Styron’s reputation as a highly acclaimed writer.  Confessions is loosely based on the confession document of real historical figure,…

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The New York Times Best Sellers List – 25 May 2014

The New York Times Best Sellers List - 25 May 2014 This week there are a whopping 8 new entries on this week’s NYT Best Sellers List! 

Top 5 at a Glance 1. UNLUCKY 13,by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 2. FIELD OF PREY,by John Sandford 3. WALKING ON WATER,by Richard Paul Evans 4. THE TARGET,by David Baldacci 5. THE GOLDFINCH,by Donna Tartt