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14 Sep
3:43pm, 14 Sep 2022
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Diogenes
It's strange that we should've had the same idea. I'm sure there was a novel in the last 20-30 years that was built around G&S (and not GO'S), but I've not been able to find it.
14 Sep
3:56pm, 14 Sep 2022
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Serendippily
Yes I searched too. I definitely did watch topsy turvy when that came out as I liked Mike Leigh and Jim Broadbent but that’s quite a jump
16 Sep
3:10pm, 16 Sep 2022
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Diogenes
I've just read the first chapter of A Heart Full Of Headstones, the new Rebus novel by Ian Rankin that comes out on October 13th. It looks like it's going to be a cracker.
24 Sep
9:15pm, 24 Sep 2022
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LazyDaisy
I finished The Constant Nymph this afternoon. I had guessed how it would end some time before the last page. I can't say I enjoyed it; none of the characters apart from maybe Uncle Charles was at all likeable, the world of music snobs is not one I have any knowledge of or desire to inhabit - and yet, I have to say it was well written and certainly a different take on an 'eternal triangle' between a husband, wife and 'other woman'. That the 'other woman' is only fifteen is another reason not to like it.

I shall move on to For Whom the Bell Tolls now (current Book Group thread choice) and after that I've been persuaded by friends that I really should read something in French. They've recommended 'L'Elégance du Hérisson by Muriel Barbary. Has anyone read it? I've ordered a second hand copy and I suspect I'll be reading it with my Petit Robert open at all times ;-)
24 Sep
9:58pm, 24 Sep 2022
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LindsD
I've just finished The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett. Disclaimer: I know her.

I enjoyed it and it's got a great twist. But it's a bit over complicated.
24 Sep
10:03pm, 24 Sep 2022
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Night-owl
LazyDaisy not actually read it but have the English translated version on my shelf had started it but got sidetracked I will read it bought it a while back as saw it in the bookshop and it intrigued me without knowing much about it or the author
24 Sep
10:12pm, 24 Sep 2022
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Diogenes
I finished the novella Assembly, by Natasha Brown last night. It very highly regarded but very slight and oblique. I wasn’t convinced.
25 Sep
7:46am, 25 Sep 2022
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neufalabonk
^ I really liked it. It is one of the books that will probably require repeated visits to fully reveal itself.
25 Sep
9:07am, 25 Sep 2022
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Diogenes
I think you are right, it needs (and deserves) a re-read.
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5:39pm, 25 Sep 2022
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Chrisull
As does Alan Garner's Treacle Walker...

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