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AustenToZafon

Austen to Zafón

Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson Gentle, contemporary story of a retired English gentleman who is dismayed by the general ugliness of modern life. Mutual grief allies him with Mrs. Ali, a widowed local shopkeeper of Pakistani descent who has also resigned herself to dignified, if solitary, last years. A sweet story that also packs a punch about racial relations, parents & children, and how money affects people's values. A reviewer called it "Austen-like" and I find that apt, in the way that the author makes pointed and wry observations under the guise of a romance. This book reminded me very much of another lovely book of social commentary and "mature" romance: [b:A Guide to the Birds of East Africa|3476509|A Guide to the Birds of East Africa|Nicholas Drayson|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347752996s/3476509.jpg|3517838]