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The Avid Reader: Beth’s Best Reads of 2012

What was that whooshing sound, and why is my hair all ruffled? Ah yes, that must be 2012 flying by at the speed of light. How can it be almost 2013 already? It seems just yesterday we were nervously joking about the Mayan calendar, and now here we (still) are. Can it truly be that […]

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A book about one village’s war memorial

This looks like an interesting book – War Memorial by Clive Aslet., which is reviewed by the Daily Telegraph. Struck by the fact that a village close to his Devon home, Lydford on the edge of Dartmoor, had names not only from both world wars on its memorial, but also fatalities from the comparatively recent […]

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Marjorie Celona Interview

Marjorie Celona – if you haven’t heard the name before, remember you heard it here first, because she is going places. The Victoria, British Columbia-born author is on a launch tour for her debut novel right now. Simply titled Y, the novel has already generated all kinds of literary buzz, earned legions of devoted fans, […]

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A Glimpse of Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey

Picture using image-composite technology. But instead of using it for police purposes to track down a criminal, it is instead to titillate and engage millions of lust-crazed fans of the bestselling erotica phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey (you can read my review of 50 Shades of Grey here). How? By creating your very own image […]

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AbeBooks Review: The Blind Side and Moneyball by Michael Lewis

Enjoy my colleague Richard’s review of The Blind Side and Moneyball, both by Michael Lewis – the writing is interesting enough to keep even a non-sports fan interested.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Review

Review of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – an absolutely enchanting book, nearly impossible to put down.

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Soldier Dogs

Lots of interest, including an appearance on the John Stewart Show, in a book called Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage that was published a couple of weeks ago. The book details canines in the military. Apparently, there was a dog on the team when the US Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. I […]

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Ed Smith’s Luck

I’m probably going to have to read some of Ed Smith’s books sooner rather than later. The Guardian reviews his latest book, Luck: What It Means and Why It Matters – a key element for anyone who has made a living in professional sport. One of Smith’s aims is to challenge the view popularised by […]

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Movie Review: The Hunger Games

AbeBooks review of The Hunger Games movie.

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Graham Greene and Shirley Temple

The blog 101 Books writes about Graham Greene and eight-year-old Shirley Temple. The English author reviewed one of Temple’s movies and wrote this: Watch the way she measures a man with agile studio eyes, with dimpled depravity. Adult emotions of love and grief glissade across the mask of childhood, a childhood that is only skin-deep. […]

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