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THOMAS HARDY – Far From The Madding Crowd

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Bought 1980s, read for the Hardy Reading Project A truly amazing book: rich, beautiful writing and a page turner. A big step forward in his writing, I felt. Proud Bathsheba thinks she can outwit love but is floored bu it; her suitors have very different fates from one another and the landscape, the stars and […]

THOMAS HARDY – A Pair of Blue Eyes

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Kindle Melodramatic and gripping, but we're also now coming into Hardy's full powers – characters' lives are constrained by the boundaries and flaws of their personalities; Fate deals some heavy blows, and the Pathetic Fallacy (landscape and particularly weather echoing characters' emotions and experiences) for which Hardy is famous comes into play. As Elfride falls […]

THOMAS HARDY – Under the Greenwood Tree

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Kindle. Read for Ali's Hardy Reading Project. I enjoyed his second novel greatly, in which sly Fancy sets the men of various levels of village society against each other; an improvement on his last melodramatic outing, although I felt it was a bit slight and quick to read (hard to tell on a Kindle, though!). […]

THOMAS HARDY – Desperate Remedies

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Kindle – Hardy Collection His first book, and so first in Ali’s reading challenge book group reads.  A real pot-boiler with hidden wives and lost letters, reminiscent of "The Woman in White" and the racier Francis Brett Youngs, and with distinct touches of the Gothic.  But it does also iinclude some lovely descriptive and nature […]

CLAIRE TOMALIN: Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man

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Acquired via BookCrossing 07 Feb 11 – mini-book-ring in advance of our reading of Hardy starting in July A well-done, competent biography, well-researched and obviously with the connection with her subject that good biography demands. Tomalin admits that Hardy quite obviously wanted to keep his life private, but she does fall prey a little bit […]

The Great Iris Murdoch Readalong November 2017 – December 2019

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Welcome! This is the page where I will collect together links to all the posts on my Great Iris Murdoch Readalong, which will be running from November 2017 to December 2019. A book a month for 26 months. Iris Murdoch is my favourite author. I’ve read all of her books in chronological order twice before, […]

State of the TBR January 2017 and Christmas book confessions (happies)


I know, I know, a bonus post from me, two on one day. But I had a lot of stuff to fit in! First of all, here’s my January TBR, which I think you’ll agree is marvellous, svelte, hardly visible, etc. Well, you can see it’s smaller than January 2016‘s effort (and you can see […]

20 Books of Summer Challenge Part 1


Well, I usually do single-author challenges (starting with reading all of Iris Murdoch’s novels in order of publication, then Thomas Hardy’s, which overlapped with a re-read of “Dance to the Music of Time”, and now I’m reading all of the “Forsyte Saga” this year (my reading of Trollope is just an obsession, not a challenge […]

Book reviews – The Bookshop Book and Youth and the Bright Medusa (plus Christmas comes early!)


What HAVE I been doing? It’s 16 December and this is the first book review I’ve posted this month? I’ve looked around and I really can’t find that I’ve missed out reviewing some huge book that I’ve read. Oh dear! And my TBR has burst (more on that later) so I’ve really got to find […]

Book reviews – A Changed Man and The Harp in the South


Two more novels to review today – I’ve been galloping through my July reading, with a mere five books left on the front of the bookshelf and loads of good stuff read and enjoyed. If I don’t have a pressing deadline, I’ve been having a bit of a read in bed of a morning, which […]

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