Tag: 19th century

2. ‘First Impressions’ by Charlie Lovett

I didn’t even get halfway through the first line of the blurb before I decided that I wanted this book: “Book lover and Jane Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has barely started her new job at an antiquarian bookshop …

40. ‘The Distracted Preacher’ by Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D’Urbervilles is the first Thomas Hardy book that I ever read, and it is one of my favourite books of all time. I think it’s fantastically, sumptuously written and makes a poignant point about the …

25. ‘The Horla’ by Guy de Maupassant

The Book: The last thing I expected this book to remind me of was the Insane Clown Posse, and yet that’s exactly what happened when I read the line, “Can you see electricity? And yet it exists!” Now, …

24. ‘The Alienist’ by Machado de Assis

The Book: Everybody has quirks. For example, I hate creased book spines. I don’t mind if I get a secondhand, pre-creased book, but if I’m the one to do the damage I’m filled with remorse and a feeling …

18. ‘The Enchanted Wanderer’ by Nikolai Leskov

The Book: You might consider yourself hard done by if your pizza delivery arrives without that bottle of Coke you ordered, or someone posts a bitchy Facebook status that’s clearly aimed at you because the insidious passive-aggressive doesn’t …