The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny – a world infected

Freedom of speech. Academic integrity. The right to life. Louise Penny’s latest novel, The Madness of Crowds, seamlessly integrates these

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Decision Time on Jane Gardam, Elizabeth Gaskell and Amitav Ghosh

Lindsay Davis, E M Delafield and Achmat Dangor are among the unread books on my shelves. Should I keep them or let go to a better home?

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Make A Date Now to Update Your Review Policy

It’s a few years since I last paid any attention to the Review Policy page on this blog. I wouldn’t

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Dear Authors – This Reader Wants More Courage, Complexity and Atmosphere

Dear Authors I know I run the risk of sounding too much like Oliver Twist, but I’m definitely feeling hungry.

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My Grandmother’s Braid by Alina Bronsky – Red-Haired Tyrant On The Warpath

If you open My Grandmother’s Braid thinking to find a tale of a sweet old lady whose perfectly woven plait

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