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KateFulfordAuthor
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#inlaws #reviews #others You may never have heard of Patrick Hamilton, but you will have heard the term ‘gaslighting‘. This book is an evocation of lives lived in London in the 1930s. It exquisitely details the minutiae of every day experience

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Thin Air | Michelle Paver
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I am not easily spooked by books, but this one really sent a shiver down my spine. I haven‘t been so creeped out since I read The Turn of the Screw as a teenager. A slowly developing sense of menace suffuses the entire story & that the writer manages to imbue a rucksack with malevolence is particularly impressive. A concise, powerfully evocative read that left me feeling as chilly as the Himalayas in which it is set.

lele1432 This one looks so good! I can't wait to read it! 3mo
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Birdsong | Sebastian Faulks
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So evocative of a time & the feelings - love & pain - in a beautifully written tale. However, a bit like Captain Corelli's Mandolin, it's a book of two pieces and could have been better tied together.

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KateFulfordAuthor
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History is important, very important. If we don‘t know about it, we can‘t learn from it. Read this absolutely terrifying account of everyday life in Stalinist Russia, and if you had any nagging doubts about the value of democracy and a free press, they will be erased forever. While far from perfect, democracy is still better than all the alternatives.

Crazeedi Thank you for this 10mo
Crazeedi Nothing will be perfect in this life because we are not, but the founders were brilliant in the creation of our country. 10mo
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KateFulfordAuthor
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I found it fascinating when I learnt the author researched the whole thing without leaving London. It shows the power of imagination in conjuring up worlds of which one has no experience. This shouldn‘t, I suppose, be a surprise. I don‘t imagine JK Rowling has ever visited a school for wizards, Tolkien never ventured very far from Oxford, & CS Lewis had perfectly normal wardrobes, but it‘s still impressive nonetheless!

julesG Wonderful review! 11mo
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The Selfish Gene | Richard Dawkins
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If you‘ve ever struggled to understand evolution, claimed by some to be the most important idea ever, read this. If you still don‘t understand it, read The Blind Watchmaker. If you still don‘t get it, go and lie down in a darkened room for a while before trying again.

AlaSkaat I was just reading this today! 12mo
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Five Children and It | Edith Nesbit
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Another childhood favourite. It took me to another world, one of Edwardian children living in a house full of servants, which seemed pretty exotic to me. But then it got properly magical when the children meet the Psammead, a strange creature who can make wishes come true. An old fashioned morality tale (be careful what you wish for!), its message is as relevant & fun for children today as it was when I was a nipper.

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Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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A fabulous & fantastical glimpse into the lives of the residents of 28 Barbary Lane, with the first in the series set in San Francisco in the 1970s. Full of secrets & surprises it also has a great deal of humanity. The characters are rich & multi-layered and through the whole series you go on a really interesting, if increasingly unrealistic, journey with them as they look for love, happiness, and a sense of belonging.

Reviewsbylola I recently bought this and can‘t wait to read it! 1y
Pamwurtzler I loved this. I have the next one on my TBR. 1y
plemmdog So excited Netflix is bringing back a sequel! 1y
KateFulfordAuthor @plemmdog Really? I look forward to seeing what they do with it. 1y
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The Sea, The Sea | Iris Murdoch
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The point, the point? A self-absorbed, unlikeable narrator tells us about his brilliantly successful career in the theatre, how he was (unaccountably) catnip to almost every woman who crossed his path, and what he had for his dinner. Oh, and he goes swimming and has some tedious friends to stay. Couldn‘t finish it, didn‘t want to, don‘t care.

TiffanyMichele Lol 😂 1y
CarolynM Iris Murdoch seems to specialise in unlikable narrators, but they're usually interesting. I haven't read this one. Have you read any of her others? 1y
LRSmith LOL. I‘ve only read one Murdoch and I have to say that was my reaction. 1y
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jouleian I don't think I've ever laughted that hard at a snapshot review before 😂😂😂. That was amazing and the last two lines just slay me 😂😂😂. 1y
Herschelian Best review I‘ve read in ages!! 1y
KateFulfordAuthor @CarolynM No and I‘d need a really compelling reason to do so. 1y
KateFulfordAuthor @jouleian Glad I made your “hit parade” 1y
KateFulfordAuthor @Herschelian - thank you! @TiffanyMichele - pleased I could help ;-) @LRSmith - we are fellow travelers! (edited) 1y
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Notes on a Scandal | Zoe Heller
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A pitch black story which plays with the readers‘ sympathies, making you constantly reassess the characters, their motives and behaviour. With no clear ‘good‘ or ‘bad‘ characters, this dark and difficult story is far less sensational than many recent ‘psychological thrillers‘, but is all the more disturbing for that.

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