Tag Archives: Michelle Paver

My favourite books of the 21st century, so far…

  Recently ‘The Guardian’ published a list of the ‘best’ books of the twenty first century so far. It got me to thinking and so here I present my own list. They may not be acknowledged ‘classics’ (though some are) … Continue reading

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Back to the fold…

Where has the year gone? Time has flown and its now Easter Saturday and I haven’t posted anything since January! How did that happen? To be honest the start of the year found me struggling to find books to grab … Continue reading

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Pant-wetting excitements

It is cold and dark and wet and Britain seems hell bent on self destruction so I’m going to try to cheer myself up my thinking about some of the literary treats we have in the months ahead. Lanny by … Continue reading

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Shortcuts

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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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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