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Temple Woods – Mist – Neat Buxton by Norman Elliott The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley I so wanted to like this book and did – but with a grave reservation. This is the story of a place – the Loney … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

A bumper harvest this week, my birthday coinciding with publishers gearing up for Christmas is always bad for the bank balance! Firstly, the autumn’s big hitters: Ali Smith and Margaret Atwood. I am pant-wettingly excited about ‘Autumn’, but to be … Continue reading

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Hot milk, hot!

A quick roundup of my books of the year, so far… I couldn’t have been more pleased to see Deborah Levy’s ‘Hot Milk’ on this year’s Booker Prize long list. It’s a mesmerising, psychological tale of mothers and daughters and … Continue reading

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Great Ghost Stories

Following on from my recent dissection of the great ghost story, here are a few of my favourites, in no particular order…  ‘Lost Hearts’ – MR James A young boy is adopted by his elderly cousin. What are his cousin’s motives, … Continue reading

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What makes a great ghost story?

I love a ghost story – those short, sharp shocks to the system which darken rooms and bring a sense of dread and foreboding to the brightest of days. But recently I’ve read a number of novels which promise a … Continue reading

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