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A short story set in 1950s Dublin

Advantages: Unusual, thought-provoking
Disadvantages: Expensive for a short story, a bit confusing

Something Special is a short story by the acclaimed novelist, Iris Murdoch (1919-1999). The story was published in an anthology in Japan in the 1950s and was rediscovered after the author’s death. It is the only short story that Iris Murdoch ever ...

moistbabe 30.01.2013 · Read full review
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Echoes of medieval skulduggery that haunt the present day

Advantages: Exciting, atmospheric story
Disadvantages: Not the best of the author's books

... Daphne du Maurier Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was best known for two of her early novels, ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Jamaica Inn’. ‘The Flight of the Falcon’ (1965) comes from the later years of her career and seems to be one of the least-known. The book ...

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Review of The Flight of the Falcon - Daphne Du Maurier

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Imagine meeting yourself

Advantages: One you can read time after time
Disadvantages: None

..."The Scapegoat" is one of du Maurier's lesser known works, over-shadowed by the hugely successful "Rebecca" and "Jamaica Inn". Some of her short stories have also been made into films - notably "Don't Look Now" and "The Birds". *** The Plot *** The ...

wolfatgoogle 31.05.2006 · Read full review
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Review of The Scapegoat - Lisa Appignanesi, Daphne Du Maurier

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Dilemmas of Doppelganger

Advantages: Evocative writing, Great Characterisation, Fantastic Plot
Disadvantages: None

...This is a book by one of my favourite authors. When you read her other books you find out that the profession of the family involved – Glassmakers – has actually been in the du Maurier family back, a few generations ago. So she really does know what she’s ...

Goldengirl1979 26.04.2007 · Read full review
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Review of The Scapegoat - Lisa Appignanesi, Daphne Du Maurier

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Morrison's Masterpiece?

Advantages: interesting, engaging, relentless, lack of closure
Disadvantages: difficult to read at points, not the best reading experience

A Child of the Jago was one of the books I had to read for a literature/history module last year at university, and to be honest I didn't really know what to expect. I'd never read any Morrison before and, given that the topic of Victorian London is one o ...

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Review of A Child of the Jago - Peter Miles, Arthur Morrison

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