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Advent calendar 19th December – The book that made you laugh

‘It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me … Continue reading

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Advent calendar 18th December – Most underrated book or author

This is a tricky one but an author that often seems to slip under the radar is Barbara Pym. She has a small but passionate army of fans (including the very lovely Alexander McCall Smith) and every so often the … Continue reading

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Advent calendar 17th December – Favourite comfort read

I think most of us probably have a favourite comfort read – that book that you reach for when you’re in need of mental soothing or when you have a miserable cold and want familiar fireside reading. There are several … Continue reading

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Advent calendar 16th December – Most recent purchase

A book I saw in the USA this summer and which was just too heavy to add to my already over-heavy baggage was Move and Work by Danish fashion and interior designer Malene Birger. The homes it focuses on are … Continue reading

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Advent calendar 15th December – the book I own more than one copy of

Actually, there are several books that I own multiple copies of, but of all of them I love the Provincial Lady, the nameless semi-autobiographical Devon-based diarist created by EM Delafield in the 1930s, best. The first novel about the life … Continue reading

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