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Granchester collage
Granchester collage

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is the first installment of James Runcie‘s Grantchester Mysteries series, featuring the title character as a vicar/detective who finds himself in the middle of some intriguing cases...
 
 
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Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

With her first novel, The Miniaturist, author Jessie Burton proves that some debuts create more buzz than they warrant. While The Miniaturist does garner a reader’s attention, the book is fraught with issues that prevent ...
 
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Lost Classics Eliz. Taylor featured img
Lost Classics Eliz. Taylor featured img

Lost Classics: Novelist Elizabeth Taylor

No, not that Elizabeth Taylor – she of the ostentatious makeup and jewelry; that many-times-married friend of Michael Jackson. Perhaps you haven’t even heard of English novelist Elizabeth Taylor? Born in my current hometown of ...

 
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Photo credit: Mia5793 [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo credit: Mia5793 [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons.

A Freelance Book Reviewer’s Reflections

At the end of July 2013, I left my job as a library assistant to set up as a freelance book reviewer. For just over a year, then, I’ve been writing reviews and other book-related articles on a self-employed basis. My one-year a...
 
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20 Best Female Authors Cover
20 Best Female Authors Cover

20 Best Female Authors, Part 1

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 I’ll admit that trying to create a list of “Top 20” anything when it comes to reading is downright difficult. Yet, here I am about to give you a list of the “20 Best Female Au...

 
 
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The Outcast Dead
The Outcast Dead
The Outcast Dead

Review: The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths

British author Elly Griffiths has found great success with her Ruth Galloway mystery books. Her sixth installment in the series, The Outcast Dead, was released earlier this year. While it may seem inconceivable that a forensic ...
 
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The Minack Chronicles and Oliver Land (Photo credit: Linda Hartley, via Wikimedia Commons).
The Minack Chronicles and Oliver Land (Photo credit: Linda Hartley, via Wikimedia Commons).
The Minack Chronicles and Oliver Land (Photo credit: Linda Hartley, via Wikimedia Commons).

The Great British Countryside in Books

Books to beat the January blues, with views from the Great British Countryside… As we Brits desperately plow our way through Dry January and, like most poor folk in the Northern Hemisphere, cower away from the dankness an...
 
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Oscar Wilde in 1882 (Napoleon Sarony [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons).
Oscar Wilde in 1882 (Napoleon Sarony [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons).
Oscar Wilde in 1882 (Napoleon Sarony [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons).

Oscar Wilde and Reading Jail

Last week (November 17-23) was Prisons Week in the UK, a time when all major Christian denominations “seek to raise awareness of the issues surrounding imprisonment for prisoners, their families, prison staff, the wider Crimina...

 
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Jaya the Sumatran orangutan, at Durrell Wildlife Park.
Jaya the Sumatran orangutan, at Durrell Wildlife Park.
Jaya the Sumatran orangutan, at Durrell Wildlife Park.

A Bibliophile’s Miscellany: Books for Animal Lovers

Here are some of my essential books for animal lovers and passionate wildlife conservationists: 1. Anything by Gerald Durrell (especially Menagerie Manor and Catch Me a Colobus) I’ve already mentioned Durrell in the context of ...
 
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Following our Victorian narrator through the streets of York.
Following our Victorian narrator through the streets of York.
Following our Victorian narrator through the streets of York.

The Dickens Bicentennial: A Photo Retrospective

2012 was a great year to be a Charles Dickens lover in the UK. It was the Dickens bicentennial – 200 years since his birth in the southern coastal town of Portsmouth, on February 7, 1812. For England’s favorite writer (or shoul...