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Book 25: Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Come to Pemberley by PD James
Death Come to Pemberley by PD James

 

Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James is the closest I could get to an Austen novel for my trip to Bath. I have read all her books decades ago. I wasn’t certain about a sequel, but I thought I’d give it ago, in the interests of this experiment. I was going to see a friend for her own 40th celebrations.

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Book 23: Grief is the Things with Feathers

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

 

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter is another find from Five Leaves bookshop, following birthday book tokens. I really loved the cover, and the inside didn’t disappoint.

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Book 22: Beyond Imagination

Beyond Imagination by Victoria Ancona-Vincent
Beyond Imagination by Victoria Ancona-Vincent

 

This small book packs a mighty punch as it is the story of one woman’s experiences as part of the Italian resistance during the second world war. She also spent time in a concentration camp. I bought the book on a visit to the National Holocaust Centre, earlier this year.

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Book 21: For the Love of God, Marie!

For the Love of God, Marie! by Jade Sarson
For the Love of God, Marie! by Jade Sarson

 

For the Love of God, Marie! by Jade Sarson is the second brilliant book I got with birthday vouchers from the the lovely Page 45. We follow Marie through from teenage life to adulthood and explore the changing attitudes of society, family and religion to love.

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Book 20: Candide

Candide by Voltaire
Candide by Voltaire

 

This marks the halfway point! Candide by Voltaire was a suggestion from my sister, and kindly lent to me by a friend. The back cover says “he whisks his young hero and friends through a ludicrous variety of tortures, tragedies and reversals of fortune…. The result is one of the glories of eighteenth-century satire.”

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Book 19: The Examined Life

The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz
The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz

 

The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz was suggested by my boss as she had read it and enjoyed it. I left it to read as sometimes books about therapy can seem a bit of a busman’s holiday. It interesting to read something so different though – private psychoanalysis is a world away from my daily work in the health service – and be struck by the humanity that is common to all therapy.

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Book 17: Sexing the Cherry

Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson

I picked up Sexing the Cherry in a lovely second hand shop in Belfast, near the university, just before we went to look around the botanical gardens. I am always on the look out for Jeanette Winterson as I feel I need to catch up in my reading of her work.

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Book 16: Wild Irish Women

Wild Irish Women by Marian Broderick
Wild Irish Women by Marian Broderick

I started reading Wild Irish Women by Marian Broderick when I wasn’t feeling well as it’s in handy chunks of biography. I bought it while on my second birthday holiday to Northern Ireland. I thought it looked like a fantastic souvenir, nearly as good as the whiskey mementoes I had snaffled the previous day.

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