Tag Archives: Literary Fiction

Thoughts: On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan

This is going to be a short one because I read this book back in summer 2022 and my memory is not what it used to be. That said, I enjoyed it! It’s a quiet book whose action is a … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Extinctions, by Josephine Wilson

A contemporary Australian novel that I positively raced through, after the intensity of Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics, though that doesn’t mean it was light or breezy reading. Pretty detailed spoilers ahead, usual warnings apply.

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Thoughts: The Transit of Venus, by Shirley Hazzard

Uh looks like I entirely forgot to post this after I wrote it? Here you go! Last book I started before giving birth, first book I finished afterwards. I read a couple of chapters to baby, in the hope that … Continue reading

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Bookthoughts Roundup 2021!

OK, so I spent most of last year not writing up the books I read. But I also didn’t do as much reading as usual, so I’m going to do a speedy roundup instead. Sorry! Or you’re welcome!

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Thoughts: The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose

First book review from new flat! We have no kitchen and it is a minor nightmare of inconvenience, thanks covid! But it is ours. I really liked this one. Yes, it’s pretentious, and in a lot of ways nothing happens, … Continue reading

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Speedy End of Year Book Roundup!

I read a lot of books in quick succession at the end of the year, and frankly didn’t have the energy to review them properly because I was recovering from emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy (all fine* now) so … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Closed For Winter, by Georgia Blain

I didn’t read this one particularly quickly, but I kept going back to it, a slow immersion of a reading experience. The reviews on Goodreads are pretty divided, and I can see why – it’s not going to be everyone’s … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Tony and Susan, by Austin Wright

First things first, if you look this book up all the marketing blurbs tell you it’s a thriller. It is not. And expecting it to be a thriller does a disservice to the book. As we’re still in “books based … Continue reading

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Thoughts: A Hologram For The King, by Dave Eggers

This was my first Dave Eggers, and I was almost sad it wasn’t the extravagantly-titled, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? but we can’t have everything. This is another starkly-written one, and it took … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Hotel du Lac, by Anita Brookner

This is not the first Booker Prizewinner I’ve read, but I haven’t read that many so it still gets a mention. It is the first book I’ve read where the author had to apologise for its winning a prize though! … Continue reading

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