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Month: July 2011


Half Way Mark

So we’re past half way through the year and Goodreads tells me I’ve read 105 books out of my goal of 130. Actually Goodreads is getting pushy and asking me to increase my goal every time I log in but I think you can’t go…


Ne le dis à personne

Or to give it its English title, Tell No One. Yes, this French film is based on Harlan Coben’s bestselling thriller. I have not read the book and so am not in a position to compare the two. If, like me, you’re not familiar with…

5 Star, Translation

Breaking Away

First published in French as L’Échappée belle, Anna Gavalda’s Breaking Away is indeed a beautiful escape. Short, yet prefectly formed, it’s more of a novella at 142 pages of charming prose translated into English by Alison Anderson. I hadn’t even sat down yet, one buttock…


Notes from a Small Island

I will start out by saying that I do enjoy Bill Bryson’s writing in general and my criticisms of Notes from a Small Island would not put me off reading his books. Written in 1995 it is now a little bit dated, especially as part…