*109* Inspector Montalbano

For years one of my favourite traditions when going back to Italy to see the family was buying a book in the ‘Inspector Montalbano’ series. In Italy they’re published in a gorgeous edition, with blue covers and fabulous creamy paper. They’re small edition, easily held in one hand, absolutely perfect to slip in your pocket, […]

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*106* I am I am I am

I am I am I am by Maggie O’Farrell. Second holiday read and one of the best books I read this year. Original, beautifully written, moving, scary, terrifying, profound, clever, heartbreaking… I could go on and on… just read it will you? I’m not big into autobiography… but this book is a memoir with a […]

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*100* The Longest Memory/The Lonely Londoners

The longest memory by Fred D’Aguiar The lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon I’ve been trying to write this post for the past three days but real life is taking over and time seems to just disappear. Our family will be wildly scattered around the globe in the next week, the house needs to be sorted […]

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*96* The silence of the girls

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker Who doesn’t love Greek myths and stories? who doesn’t love the Iliad?… I do… it’s my favourite… in Italy it’s a huge part of the curriculum together with the Odyssey and the Aeneid… I studied it, read it, translated part of it, wrote essays and had exams… […]

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*92* machines like me

Machines like me, by Ian McEwan. Ok, this is a good one. I have a love-hate relationship with McEwan’s books, I’ve said this before. I think he’s astonishingly, fiendishly clever, smart, intelligent… call him what you wish… BUT I struggle to warm to his characters… I never bond with them, or actually ‘like’ them for […]

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*85* Grief is the thing with feathers

Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter. Every once in a while you stumble upon a book that totally surprises you. A book that is not what you expected but it’s so beautiful and so memorable and remarkable and ‘dazzling’ as a someone said that you know you will never forget it. It’s […]

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*83* 49 years of books

Believe it or not, my old quest of ’48 years of books’ is still going on; I had to put it on the back burner because of all the other college reading I had to do, but I’m determined to finish it before I turn 50 even though it’s now… ‘the 49 years of books […]

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*82* It’s not about the Burka

It’s not about the burka, edited by Mariam Khan. The last of the non-fiction read for a while. I bought this on a whim, intrigued by the title, and frankly pushed by the fact that my ignorance when it come to Muslim and especially Muslim women is pretty deep. AND, I repeat, it’s not good […]

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*80* Hay Festival

What a gorgeous day I had today! Met my friend Claire for our annual Hay Festival day and I must say … glorious. It didn’t rain for the second year running – bonus – and we chose three very different but amazing talks to go to. Event no 1 – Markus Zusack, author of the […]

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