Daphne Du Maurier – My Cousin Rachel

For twenty four years, Daphne Du Maurier has eluded me, and I’m still trying to figure out how! I read Rebecca earlier this year, and loved it, which led me to pick up My Cousin Rachel. Surprise, surprise! I loved it as well. My Cousin Rachel is narrated by Philip Ashley, who was orphaned at […]

Eudora Welty – The Robber Bridegroom

I stumbled upon The Robber Bridegroom in a second hand bookstore, and was intrigued immediately, by the  quote on the cover: A Gothic fairy tale set in the eighteenth century Mississippi. I like Gothic fairy tales, most of the time, and this was no exception. It had all the key ingredients, worthy of a Grimm […]

Molly Keane – Full House

I stumbled upon this book in a second-hand bookstore, and fell in love with the cover. It’s also my first green Virago Modern Classic, and I was quite excited to begin this journey… luckily, it didn’t disappoint, which is nice, as my last two reads haven’t been exceptionally good, by any standards. Set in the […]

Dodie Smith – I Capture The Castle

Dodie Smith’s I Capture The Castle is another one of those books with a fantastic opening line, which makes the reader want more: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining board, which I have padded with our dog’s blanket […]

Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. So opens Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and it’s an opening line that piques the reader’s curiosity. Also, it […]

Angela Carter – Fireworks

After being absolutely delighted with The Magic Toyshop, which has probably been my favourite book this year, I picked up Fireworks, a collection of short stories by Angela Carter. At the very outset, I should say this: I’m not the biggest fan of short stories. Sure, there are exceptions, but, more often than not, I […]

Angela Carter – The Magic Toyshop

I’ll say it, right at the very outset. Straight. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and, believe it or not, the cover is equally fantastic. I did judge the book by its cover, and I am still astounded by how incredible this book is, and I can continue staring at its cover […]

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