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Gemstones: Pearl S. Buck; Ruby Wax; The Moonstone – according to Eliot, ‘the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels’. I read chapter 30 on Gutenberg though. I throughly enjoyed this book. It is considered a semi-autobiographical work and if so, I wish I could have met Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin. Which Haruki Murakami novel shares its title with a Beatles song? “Our greatest heart-treasure is a knowledge that there is in creation an individual to whom our existence is necessary - some one who is part of our life as we are part of theirs, some one in whose life we feel assured our death would leave a gap for a day or two.”, “I am afflicted with the power of thought, which is a heavy curse. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more, By signing up, I confirm that I'm over 16. The Grossmiths’ The Diary of a Nobody is the book that gave us Charles Pooter, a good-hearted suburbanite whose surname has now come to mean someone particularly conventional and unimaginative – which seems a bit harsh to me. Furthermore, I hadn't seen the film, and didn't know even the basic plot. Which aristocratic detective, who graduated from Oxford with a first-class degree – while also becoming a cricket blue – was created by Dorothy L. Sayers? It’s hard not to squirm under the weight of it. But I have a feeling I also felt it had a bit too much soapbox going on in parts, and I don’t think I found Sybylla easy to empathise with, which was why I liked rather than loving it. Which journalist and newspaper interviewer wrote An Education, a 2009 memoir of her teenage love affair with a much older man? He had a dark face, with stern features and a heavy brow; his eyes and gathered eyebrows looked ireful and thwarted just now; he was past youth, but had not reached middle-age; perhaps he might be thirty-five. A room and all the paper to write her books. I read it several years ago and still remember the mood of the story. Nevertheless, I must feel a little ashamed that, as an Australian and a feminist and Australian studies type person, I had not read this to now. Jamie Oliver, and I’m willing to bet that almost everybody reading this now – and almost everybody they know – owns at least one of his books. Click here for the publisher’s BOOK CLUB NOTES for My Brilliant Friend So much has been said about Elena Ferrante and her brilliant Neapolitan quartet of novels that we could fill pages. Anyone, but might be particularly suitable for women (young and old). This is a classic and there is no doubt that this writer had talent and I can see why she later made a career out of writing, but this novel, which was written when she was 16 has a protagonist who was apparently ahead of her time (yes and no, since there were others of that time with the same commitment to not marry, and even before her time, although it was certainly rare), but overall I found her rather selfish and short sighted.
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