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Colette’s Roses

          A few days ago I received a parcel from America. I had never seen the handwriting before yet I hardly needed to look at the return address to know that it came from my friend Leonore, from New York. I … Continue reading

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Miss Hargreaves, by Frank Baker (1939)

          Creative thought creates. Such is the simple principle on which is built Miss Hargreaves. And twenty-three year-old Norman Huntley has always had a strong creative streak: as a child, he was constantly inventing wild stories to get himself … Continue reading

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Miss Webster and Chérif, by Patricia Duncker (2006)

          I read Miss Webster and Chérif back in July but then got a little side-tracked by family life and holiday activities and never got around to reviewing it, which is a pity, because the book is well worth … Continue reading

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (2008)

          What a pleasure it was to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! The first time I caught sight of its ridiculous title in a bookshop, I knew I would end up reading it. The only … 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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