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Review: Zen Kyu Maestro, by Jeremy Dean

After 25 years of teaching in the UK, Jeremy Dean and his wife Linda decide that it is time for a change. An English immersion school in Spain seems the perfect idea, until they arrive and realise that none of … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Tribute

This February we come to the 200th Anniversary of Austen seminal piece of work Pride & Prejudice. We seem to be at a time when Austen’s appeal may be somewhat wavering.  Her fragile popularity has been put down to multiple … Continue reading

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Review: “The Psychopath Test” by Jon Ronson

“The Psychopath Test” is a piece of very entertaining non-fiction. However, I could easily have been fooled into believing it was a cleverly written book, purely created via the imagination. It’s not the kind of non-fiction that makes you feel … Continue reading

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The Joke, a book review or how Milan Kundera fails in his portrayal of women

Reading ‘The Joke’ was not the most enjoyable way to spend my time. The novel was a massive disappointment, as I generally love Kundera’s work, including ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ and ‘The Book of Laughter and Forgetting’. However, ‘The … Continue reading

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Review: ‘A Possible Life’ by Sebastian Faulks

Set in five different places in five different times, ‘A Possible Life’ is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Rather than a single solid story, Faulks’ new work is a series of novellas  set in different space or time, however, joined … Continue reading

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In a Kingdom Far, Far Away. . .

…is a place that we have all known and loved, but does this magical world of princesses, knights and girls in little red capes have a place in the 21st Century?  I talk to Marina Warner, one of our very … Continue reading

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Review: “Light in August” by William Faulkner

Faulkner is often referred to as ‘the greatest American novelist’ and the ‘psychologist of the South’, his books as regarded as difficult to approach, perhaps even scary, and finally none of his works has had a major Hollywood makeover.  These … Continue reading

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