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Amaryllis’s Choice

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The book groups are really striking gold recently: this week, we read Passing by Nella Larsen in Classics and In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B Hughes in Crime. From 1920s Harlem to 1950s California, very different but also with peculiar similarities and both amazing reads.

Although neither featured on yet another book list, The Novels That Shaped Our World (in the English Language). Once again I marvel more at those left off than those included – no Elizabeth Taylor, William Trevor, Barbara Pym, Paddington, Jennings etc, etc. Obviously, the only thing to do for my devoted readers is to compile my own list which I shall do directly the last Christmas book has been sold – just a little shopping incentive!

This week I also read Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout. Olive Kitteridge was one of our ten books of the decade and the follow up is even better. If you haven’t read Olive in any form, I urge you to do so. She is a unique, stroppy, flesh and blood character and if the latest book isn’t on next year’s Booker shortlist I will eat – something (probably coated in chocolate)!

About Amaryllis

 

Amaryllis is our bookshop blogger.

 

Her pen name is taken from Alice Thomas Ellis’ Other Side of the Fire, which is unfortunately and scandalously out of print. One of the funniest bits in the book is the bodice-ripper that one of the characters is writing and the female - who slays the men with one toss of her raven locks and one glance from her fiery green eyes as she strides among the glens, faithful wolfhound by her side - is Amaryllis! And the name just seemed to suit so here we are.

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