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charl08
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What a line. (Anne Olivier Popham)

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‘Listen to this for a thank-you note,‘ she tells Lettice, finding Wells‘s letter. “Why do you attack me in this way? Is it some perverted jealousy or some insane political machinations. Read my early works you shit.”‘ Lettice chuckles.
‘Poor man,‘ she says. ‘Probably thinks you were trying to kill him.‘
‘Yes,‘ Eileen says. ‘Death by plum cake.‘

ChaoticMissAdventures Eileen seems like she was such a witty woman . I think you can tell from this one. 2w
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charl08
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These anxieties of authenticity exist because when words go inside a reader, they make magic. They fizz and pop and conjure. They change minds. Your words may cast a spell on the reader but they cannot be felt to be a con-artist's trick, for then the reader will feel de- frauded. All the reader wants is for the avatar sitting behind the table to match their inner picture.

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George Orwell: a Life | Bernard Crick
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Recent acquisitions:

📖 George Orwell: A Life by Bernard Crick (on my wish list for a few years)
📖 Another Brick in the Wall: The Stories Behind Every Pink Floyd Song by Cliff Jones (read this 25 years ago!)
📖 Atheism (20th Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism) by Étienne Borne

#fREADom #UniteAgainstBookBans #LetUtahRead

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charl08
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When she'd turned around George was at the door, hands on hips, waiting for his answer. She saw then that to him she belonged here with the animals and the house and the garden.

'Spain is a good idea,' she'd said, reaching the back step. 'I'm sure we could be useful.'

He'd looked startled. 'But I'll be at the front. There'd be nothing for you to do.'

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mjtwo
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Mehso-so

25-7 Mar 24 (audiobook)
This book is reminiscent of Virginia Woolf‘s A Room Of One‘s Own and it probably suffered as a result.
Funder tries to discover Orwell‘s first wife, Eileen, hidden in Orwell‘s writing - his letters, articles and novels. Orwell is not likeable. And Eileen was without doubt a clever woman who influenced and enabled his work. I object, however, to some of the assumptions Funder makes and her positioning of herself in the text.

CarolynM I had the same problems with it. Couldn‘t finish it. (edited) 3w
TrishB Agree totally with your review. It‘s either fiction or NF and making up assumptions just didn‘t work. 3w
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charl08
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Bit of a deal right now...

#WomensPrizeNF

squirrelbrain Was just about to post about this! 4w
charl08 @squirrelbrain I've snapped it up! 4w
squirrelbrain Definitely worth 99p - I didn‘t want to buy it as I didn‘t think I‘d like it, but I read it on BorrowBox and really enjoyed it. 4w
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kspenmoll Tried to get it but deal gone or not in US 14$ 4w
charl08 @kspenmoll oh that's a shame! 4w
youneverarrived Thanks for sharing, just bought it 👍 4w
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AnneCecilie
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After reading this, I must admit that I‘m glad I‘ve never read any of Orwell‘s book. There‘s no pedestal to push him down from

He hardly mentions his wife in his correspondence and books, even when she‘s there helping him out. Which makes it easier for his previous biographers to not include her either. He‘s also a cheater and on at least two occasions he‘s trying to force himself on women. And still there‘s more red flags surrounding him.

AnneCecilie And in the best possible way, the book reads more like a fiction than a nonfiction in that it pulls you into the story and you just have to keep on reading (edited) 4w
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charl08
Julia | Sandra Newman
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Pickpick

What a great book! Dystopia all the way...
(This photo is completely inappropriate)

Cathythoughts It‘s a lovely photo 💕 1mo
Shemac77 Lovely! 1mo
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charl08
Julia | Sandra Newman

Never mind espionage; even to get a job as a dock worker was beyond his powers. He was an office clerk who cowered from rats. He couldn't even buy his own black-market goods! Murder, blackmail, suicide - he hadn't the foggiest conception what these words really meant. It made her conscious, as she'd never been before, that thoughtcrime was nothing to do with crime.