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Found characters lacked depth. Like drinking a cup of herbal tea it was warm somewhat tasty but not the real thing. Jan 13, Nancy Wiedrich added it. I have read as many as I could get my hands on over the years. I am the author of this book and wanted it added to my Goodreads list. It was a labor of love as have been all of my books. It is also available as a Kindle Book. It is well written with accurate facts of the war. I felt part of the family from the beginning as if I had moved in with them. This is a must read book enjoy it and lose yourself in it as I did..

Lorrie Mason rated it it was ok Jan 20, Sara Parker rated it really liked it Jan 03, AliceR Stevens rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Goulding rated it really liked it Jan 09, Rob G Moore rated it did not like it Sep 13, Jeff Wiedrich rated it it was amazing Apr 22, Eric Charles Nobbs rated it really liked it Apr 03, Songbird rated it really liked it Jan 21, Karen Bain rated it really liked it May 03, Rondell M Konat rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Brenda Wynn rated it liked it Feb 13, Linda Peterson rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Susan K Cantrill rated it it was amazing Sep 01, Kenneth Roy's The Invisible Spirit: Well-informed, highly readable, slightly prickly, often opinionated — not least about the seriously flawed Scottish establishment — this feels like something that needed to be written.

Words in Place Five Leaves by Gillian Darley and David McKie — I am far from alone in having the awkward, melancholic architectural writer and broadcaster as one of my heroes: Nina Stibbe's Love, Nina , a collection of letters to her sister from the period in the mids when she was working as a nanny, is funny and sharp and has a distinctive streak of wildness: Finally, the last entry in the funny-sharp stakes are the novels of Penelope Fitzgerald, which I've been reading thanks to Hermione Lee's biography, Penelope Fitzgerald: The odd thing is that Lee's book has had more influence on my reading than anything else this year, even though I'm not going to read the biography itself until I've finished the novels.

That's because I don't want prematurely to spoil the mystery of how Fitzgerald could have known so much about so many worlds, from pre-revolutionary Moscow to 60s theatre-school London to German Romanticism. I think I can guess how she knew so much about houseboats and bookshops.

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    And, as readers migrate to the ebook, two lavishly produced volumes made the case for the physical book: Hermione Lee's Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life is literary biography at its best — a masterly discussion of the work of that fine novelist and an illuminating account of the life of a complex and elusive person. I thought I knew both the work and the writer pretty well but have learned much — new insights into the novels, aspects of her life of which I knew nothing. Nobody does elderly men better than Jane Gardam. Throughout the series Jane Gardam has switched viewpoints with extraordinary dexterity.

    Elegant, funny, unexpected — Last Friends ties things up. I am a long-time fan of Adam Thorpe. His versatility is remarkable — historical novels, shrewd forays into contemporary life. And now a thriller, Flight Vintage.

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    It zips from the Middle East to the Outer Hebrides — brilliant plotting, a mesmerising read. Never a man to take a straight line where a diversion was possible, Patrick Leigh Fermor spent almost 50 years not-quite-finishing the final book of his trilogy describing his walk across Europe in the s. I opened it expecting disappointment — how could it be as good as its sibling volumes? I read Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries Granta three times in my capacity as Man Booker judge, and each time round it yielded new riches.

    It is a vastly complex novel about investment and return, gift and theft, value and worth, which — in performance of its own ethics — gives far more than it appears to possess. Finally, in minimalist contrast to Catton's maximalist novel, I loved Wolfhou by Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton, another exquisitely produced pamphlet of place-poetry from Corbel Stone Press, who work out of a cottage in the western Lake District.

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    But perhaps a book of the year should be a mirror of the times? Bankrupt of morals and bankrupt of style, it is a nonpareil of peevishness, and self-delusion shines from it like a Christmas star. Adelle Waldman's first novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P William Heinemann is memorable for its Austen-like wit, humour, social astuteness and scarily accurate insights into men. Lucy Hughes-Hallett adopts a similar strategy in her terrific biography of the poet, seducer and fascist Gabriele D'Annunzio, The Pike. Inside the Rainbow Redstone Press , edited by Julian Rothenstein and Olga Budashevskaya, is a survey of Russian children's literature from , and the subtitle tells us what to expect: But brilliantly clever, seditious, amusing, brave and delightful books as well; their illustrations and jackets are all reproduced here to wonderful effect.

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    And a reminder that Morgan is one of the most original poets around. It is one of the most satisfying biographies I have ever read.


    Drawings Faber , lovingly compiled by her daughter Frieda Hughes, shows Plath's observation of everyday things — a thistle, a horse chestnut, the willows near Grantchester. Alan Rusbridger's Play It Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible is a wonderful account of trying to learn a complex piano piece while running the Guardian at the time of WikiLeaks and phone hacking.

    A parallel story of how newspapers can move forward in the digital age runs along the narrative. I am always curious about people's daily lives and their curiosities. This book gives both in abundance. A woman has the chance to live life over and over again in often surprising ways.

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    Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard Faber is ostensibly a courtroom drama that asks how its sensible, intelligent middle-class heroine ended up in the dock in a murder case — beguilingly written, steely and plausible and occasionally shocking. Let the Games Begin Canongate is a wild ride with the fevered quality of Pynchon and Vonnegut as a party to end all parties sees the various characters vying to survive a grotesque uprising.

    It's a satire on contemporary culture, Italian politics and the writing profession itself. Funny, sharp, and really quite rude.

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    In a similar vein, John Niven's Straight White Male William Heinemann is the story of a hugely successful Irish screenwriter and his gloriously incorrect behaviour. There are laughs aplenty, but Niven adds growing poignancy as his hero becomes self-aware. My choice isn't a new book, but it was reissued this year. I was stunned by it, it's so good. And yet very little happens in it except joy and pain and sorrow in the American midwest, love and passion and the mistakes everyone makes.

    Three novels stand out for me in Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda Sceptre , set in Red Hook, Brooklyn; two girls venture out on a pink inflatable raft into the filthy East River and only one comes back. Great writing, great setting, beautifully rendered characters. It's a great study as well in the possibly? You keep puzzling over whether this woman is completely off her head.

    Hermione Lee's fascinating biography of Penelope Fitzgerald charts a life that travelled the full degrees on the wheel of fortune — from early promise and privilege down to dramatic middle-aged doldrums then back up to a late-blooming two decades of literary productivity and success. I'm now reading Fitzgerald's last four novels, which are every bit as breathtaking as Lee's concluding chapters describe. Admired by Chekhov, Gorky and Tolstoy, these stories seethe with picaresque unpredictability, outlandish but touching monologues and recklessly impulsive characters like the country girl turned femme fatale in Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.

    This is the time of year when I try in vain to remember what I was reading up to 12 months ago, and end up choosing three books I've enjoyed in the last 12 weeks. His Life by Sheila Hale HarperPress manages an intimate and careful study of Titian's body of work, plus an intricate knowledge of politics and art in 16th-century Venice and in the Europe from which Titian received his commissions.

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    She captures Titian's vast ambition and does justice to his achievement, but also creates a portrait of an age. The Decisive Years and Kafka: He has a deep understanding of the world that Kafka came from and the personalities who touched his life, and this is matched by an intelligence and tact about the impulse behind the work itself. The earlier version misspelled Roberto Calasso's surname as Galasso.

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