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Gone to London to see the Queen!

The Heart of Midlothian

by Sir Walter Scott

‘On the day when the unhappy Porteous was expected to suffer the sentence of the law, the place of execution, extensive as it is, was crowded almost to suffocation.’ 717 more words
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The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse

“…. Connie lined up the scalpel and cut. At first, a gentle shifting, nothing more. Then the tip of the blade pierced the skin, and the point slipped in.” 613 more words
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Going Dutch

The Miniaturist

by Jessie Burton

“The funeral is supposed to be a quiet affair, for the deceased had no friends. But words are water in Amsterdam, they flood your ears and set the rot, and the church’s east corner is crowded.” 574 more words

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An Appetite For Wonder

The Making of a Scientist

by Richard Dawkins

Professor Dawkins is one of the few dedicated scientists who can write about the most complex subject and make it both interesting and comprehensible. 467 more words


In the Fortress of the Assassins

First Love

Today, I’m posting another extract from my novel The Tiger and the CauldronĀ 

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The Cuckoo's Calling

I knew before I even opened this book that the author, Robert Galbraith, was actually JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame. I think everyone knew that, almost from the day it was published. 518 more words

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Just an ordinary guy ...

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

by Haruki Murakami

(translated by Philip Gabriel)

Straight off, I will say that I loved this character-driven story. 450 more words
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