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Austen to Zafón

Reading widely since 1972.

Currently reading

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
Anna of the Five Towns - Arnold Bennett This is probably not everyone's cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Like the English sensibility of the turn of the century, the characters of this story are repressed and understated, religious and mindful of duty, prone to needless suffering. But it's such a detailed picture of the time and the place (The Potteries in Staffordshire, which were all about making mid-priced dishes for the average English household), I found it fascinating and read it in one day. I look forward to his other, more popular and lighter-hearted stories.