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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
Old Filth - Jane Gardam FILTH stands for "Failed in London, Try Hong Kong." The story of a successful British barrister from Hong Kong who has retired in his eighties and is living in a cottage in Dorset. The recent death of his wife has causes him to revisit his past memories of growing up and becoming the man he is now. A vivid and interesting look into the Raj era and particularly at Raj orphans, who were usually shipped off to live in England before they were 5. If they were lucky, they lived with family. If not, they were sent to live with paid foster families (as happens to Old Filth). The cover talked about "Dickensian" characters, but this reminded me more of Evelyn Waugh.