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Advent calendar – 4th December. Favourite scary book

Vampire stories originate in centuries old legends from eastern Europe, made it into literature with a now little-known novel by John Polidori but hit the big time with the perennially popular Dracula by Bram Stoker in 1897. Other vampire stories, … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar 3rd December – Most memorable opening line

So many options for this leap to mind*, but my choice is from Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. It’s almost the perfect book but that opening line: “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink” is so memorable, humorous … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar 2nd December – Favourite Cover

Choosing a favourite cover was really hard – design has really come on in the last few years and there are some very eye-catching book jackets around. To make my shortlist though, I wanted to pick a book that had … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar 1st December: Childhood Favourite

This book comes under the heading of a childhood favourite and a comfort read and I’ve re-read it so many times. It’s the story of Jill Crewe who moves to the country with her widowed mother and desperately wants to … Continue reading

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Literary advent calendar – tell me your favourite books

December is the month for curling up with a good book, partly because the weather is so grim (as I write this here in Edinburgh, the wind is rattling the windows, the rain is sheeting down at a 45 degree … Continue reading

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