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The Novel in the Viola, by Natasha Solomons (2011)

          Elise Landau is almost eighteen yet in many ways she is still a child – a happy, cosseted, carefree child. But Vienna in 1937 is on the brink of momentous change and the fabric of Elise’s privileged childhood … Continue reading

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A Room with a View, by E. M. Forster (1908)

          This is my favourite of E. M. Forster’s novels. It is guaranteed to put one in a good mood with the whole world – for how can one possibly feel quarrelsome when faced with youth, love, laughter, and … Continue reading

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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson (2010)

          It took a trip to Cambridge last week to make me sit up and finally take notice of Helen Simonson’s wonderful début novel. I’d seen it on the shelves at W. H. Smith’s here in Paris, but it … Continue reading

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A Plot in a Shoebox

     About a month and a half ago, I was reading The Debutante, by Kathleen Tessaro. It’s a mystery story, about two people who are sent to catalogue the contents of an old English house after the owner’s death and … Continue reading

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