Monthly Archives: July 2014

John Adams — David McCullough

Second in my list of presidential biographies is David McCullough’s Pulitzer-winning biography of John Adams. This book is frequently hailed as one of the finest biographies of its kind, and has been exceedingly well-received, averaging an impressive 4.7 stars out … Continue reading

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The Children’s Book — A. S. Byatt

When I wrote about Wolf Hall two weeks ago, I claimed that “possibly The Children’s Book which lost out to Wolf Hall in 2009 is a better-crafted work”. I stand by this opinion and, on further reflection, am not sure … Continue reading

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Booker Longlist 2014 Announced

That is all.

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Bring Up The Bodies — Hilary Mantel

Bring Up The Bodies is Mantel’s second book about the life of Thomas Cromwell and her second win at the Booker. She joins J. G. Farrell, J. M. Coetzee and Peter Carey in the distinction of having won twice; like … Continue reading

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Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel

Due to a variety of events in my personal life (not least a visit from my fiancée and moving house), it has been some time since I have updated this blog. Consequently, I am going to offer two posts for … Continue reading

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