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Recent books I have enjoyed

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The Shipping News
The Shipping News
"This is what reading is all about - joyously real"
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany's
"I don't know why I was suspicious of this, but it is excellent, especially the last story"
A Star Called Henry
A Star Called Henry
"A surprisingly good recreation of the Irish rising - when will the next two parts be finished?"
Bad Land
Bad Land
"Fascinating and engrossing - even better when read with Hunting Mr Heartbreak and Passage to Juneau"
A Good Place to Die (Panther)
A Good Place to Die (Panther)
"It doesn't quite work, but it is so different, and has such beautiful passages that you forgive it"
A Country Doctor's Notebook
A Country Doctor's Notebook
"Enter the past you wouldn't want to visit written as if by a contemporary"
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
"I know it has a stupid title, and is a bit of a trick book, but it is wonderful - feel that wind in your hair!"
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Read everything, but start here.  The South as you imagine it was."
Breathing Lessons
Breathing Lessons
"I am slowly reading everything else she has written, but this is an excellent starting place.  Life like you know it might be."
The Radetzky March (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Radetzky March (Penguin Modern Classics)
"You may wonder what this doing here - but it is so elegaic.  To read slowly - with coffee!"
Eucalyptus (Panther)
Eucalyptus (Panther)
"An adult fairy tale that you don't want to end."
The Rings of Saturn: An English Pilgrimage (Panther)
The Rings of Saturn: An English Pilgrimage (Panther)
"I do not know what it is, except that it is brilliant.  Read, and wonder how no one has done something so good before."
Elephant
Elephant
"Deceptively simple, but beautifully crafted.  Unfortunately there are all too few stories"
A History of Reading
A History of Reading
"Not the place, the activity.  Great fun."
Fugitive Pieces
Fugitive Pieces
"Her only novel, but the language is a poet's, and it makes it so precise."
Winesburg, Ohio (Penguin Twentieth-century Classics)
Winesburg, Ohio (Penguin Twentieth-century Classics)
"What it might have been back then - wonderful"
The Blue Flower
The Blue Flower
"So slim, so elegantly written, so excellent"
The Gift of Stones
The Gift of Stones
"A modern Inheritors - with a believable landscape"
Rabbit, Run
Rabbit, Run
"I'm not quite convinced, but there is some beautiful prose"
So Long, See You Tomorrow (Panther)
So Long, See You Tomorrow (Panther)
"It may be short, but it is intoxicating.  Again beautiful prose, but with more soul."
Waterland
Waterland
"It stays in the mind long after you have finished it.  Again an excellent sense of place."
From the Holy Mountain: A Journey In The Shadow of Byzantium
From the Holy Mountain: A Journey In The Shadow of Byzantium
"Very different, but an enlightening and enjoyable journey"
Morality Play
Morality Play
"Another time, another place, but you feel you could be there."
The Child In Time
The Child In Time
"Haunting"
Puck of Pook's Hill (Twentieth Century Classics)
Puck of Pook's Hill (Twentieth Century Classics)
"Lose your suspension of disbelief and they might be contrived.  But taken in the right spirit and these are storytelling at its best"