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Review: Fludd, Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is best known in recent years for her award winning novels Wolf Hall (2009) and Bring Up the Bodies (2012). Given the accolades showered upon Mantel’s fictional treatment of Tudor England, readers may be forgiven for overlooking one of her earlier novels,  715 more words

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Little Black Classics

Find beauty in small things, so whisper many instructions for mindfulness. I find this rarely more true than when gazing at Penguin Books latest new series: … 763 more words

A beautifully sculpted commentary on free will

A Clockwork Orange-a very naughty boy gets sent to the naughty step.

In my first return to The List for two months is Anthony Burgess’ infamous classic, complete with notorious nadsat. 669 more words


As she walked back to the hotel after her meal Marya would have the strange sensation that she was walking under water.  The people passing were like the wavering reflections seen in water, the sound of water was in her ears.  

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Blackout 84---"Fire" by Terrence Hayes

Originally appeared in Hip Logic (Penguin Books 2002)


Little Black Classics

On the 80th anniversary of the very first penguin books, a collection of 80 classics have been reproduced all at the wonderful price of 80p. The most difficult part; deciding which ones to buy! 203 more words