Posts Tagged “#40booksby40”

Review: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

by Stephen Tall on December 20, 2016

The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters This is the ninth book plucked from my #40booksby40 list. I’ve read all Sarah Waters’ other novels, loved each of them in their different ways, but had put off The Little Stranger: ghost stories aren’t (…)

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Review: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

by Stephen Tall on December 13, 2016

A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James This is the eight book plucked from my #40booksby40 list. And I’ll get straight to it: there are books I admire more than I enjoy, and this is definitely one of them. (…)

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Review: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

by Stephen Tall on December 12, 2016

Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell This is the seventh book plucked from my #40booksby40 list. I have a bit of a love-hate thing for The Other Mr Blair. Animal Farm was one of my GCSE English Lit set texts (along (…)

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Review: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

by Stephen Tall on November 2, 2016

The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro This is the sixth novel plucked from my #40booksby40 list. And what I’m about to write pains me because Ishiguro is one of my favourite writers… but The Buried Giant is a crashing disappointment. I (…)

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Review: Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

by Stephen Tall on October 27, 2016

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson This is the fifth novel plucked from my #40booksby40 list. If you know it only as a “coming out novel” or, worse, “that lesbian book”, you are missing out, bigly. Jeanette Winterson’s (…)

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Review: Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro

by Stephen Tall on October 19, 2016

Too Much Happiness, Alice Munro This is the fourth novel plucked from my #40booksby40 list. I’m going to start with the one negative: reading a collection of short stories one after the other isn’t (at least for me) a great (…)

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Review: Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald

by Stephen Tall on October 5, 2016

Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald This is the third novel plucked from my my #40booksby40 list. Fitzgerald’s been on my should-read list for ages. A Booker Prize-winner (beating Naipaul, Keneally) whose first book was published when she was 58, recently biographed by (…)

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Review: Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2016

Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children’s Crusade – A Duty-dance with Death, Kurt Vonnegut Second up on my my #40booksby40 list. Friends had told me I’d love it — this classic, post-war, anti-war, semi-autobiographical, absurdist novel — that it’s a quick, (…)

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Review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

by Stephen Tall on September 23, 2016

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton And so I plunged in. For no particular reason, I selected The Age of Innocence as the first from my #40booksby40 list. It turned out to be a strangely apt mid-life choice, all about (…)

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