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Forum: Palimpton Crescent 19th Oct 2007, 23:58
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Posted By leyla
Re: First Line Relay

Is it an Antipodean female writer?
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 19th Oct 2007, 23:57
Replies: 126
Views: 14,285
Posted By leyla
Re: Last Line Relay

Can't find the interview. I didn't use the forum this year so don't know my way about.
How sad that the author of those poignant words died when only 44.
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 19th Oct 2007, 23:23
Replies: 126
Views: 14,285
Posted By leyla
Re: Last Line Relay

Clue please.
Male or female author?
Forum: General Chat 19th Oct 2007, 23:05
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Views: 75,896
Posted By leyla
Re: Happy Birthday to...

That makes it sound like you and the window fitters are all going for a bath together.
Hope Beryl approves ;-)
Forum: Book Reviews 19th Oct 2007, 11:49
Replies: 109
Views: 11,352
Posted By leyla
Re: Anne Enright: The Gathering

Interesting points, BeccaK.

The comment you make about your diary is very self effacing. But the person you project and,( if it doesn't sound presumptious from someone who doesn't know you),...
Forum: Book Reviews 19th Oct 2007, 11:14
Replies: 109
Views: 11,352
Posted By leyla
Re: Anne Enright: The Gathering

Ang, I totally respect your view of The Gathering. There were many parts I thought were actually very well written. That it wasn't my favourite from the shortlist doesn't mean I don't respect that it...
Forum: General Chat 19th Oct 2007, 11:08
Replies: 1,121
Views: 75,896
Posted By leyla
Re: Happy Birthday to...

Yes, have a lovely day, gil!
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 19th Oct 2007, 11:07
Replies: 460
Views: 31,566
Posted By leyla
Re: First Line Relay

John, I'd say you're missing out. Even if you can't face the almost musical lyricality of his first novel, I think you'd enjoy his second.
But then again, maybe not: I remember feeling responsible...
Forum: Book Reviews 19th Oct 2007, 11:01
Replies: 109
Views: 11,352
Posted By leyla
Re: Anne Enright: The Gathering

Well- not really. Most of the people I know have had bad times, which it's a pleasure to support them through, and good times, for which they're more or less grateful. Of course everyone still...
Forum: Book Reviews 19th Oct 2007, 1:04
Replies: 109
Views: 11,352
Posted By leyla
Re: Anne Enright: The Gathering

Ang, I'm interested in why you think Veronica thought that her husband was out to annihilate her. Do you think this was because, after witnessing her brother's sexual abuse, she associated all men...
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 19th Oct 2007, 0:44
Replies: 460
Views: 31,566
Posted By leyla
Re: First Line Relay

Well done, Kim. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.
Your turn.
(I don't mind which way we play it - title and author or just one or the other. Maybe admin could decide?)
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 19th Oct 2007, 0:28
Replies: 460
Views: 31,566
Posted By leyla
Re: First Line Relay

Thanks, JfP. It was the gorgeous melodic poetry of it that gave it away.
Right:

In February 1948, Communist leader Klement Gottwald stepped out on the balcony of a Baroque palace in Prague to...
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 19th Oct 2007, 0:23
Replies: 460
Views: 31,566
Posted By leyla
Re: First Line Relay

Is it Jon MacGregor's first novel ...Remarkable Things? (Wild guess)
Forum: Book Reviews 18th Oct 2007, 23:22
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Views: 40,366
Posted By leyla
Re: Booker Prize 2007

It's such a silly thing for authors to say - it's so obviously going to sound like sour grapes. It does seem to be a popular misconception - I've also heard the bitter phrase 'The Booker is the prize...
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 18th Oct 2007, 18:32
Replies: 460
Views: 31,566
Posted By leyla
Re: First Line Relay

Well done, Stewart.
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 18th Oct 2007, 18:08
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Views: 31,566
Posted By leyla
Re: First Line Relay

:lol: Very good, Becca!
(In case you're serious, it's actually a line from a different novel.)
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 18th Oct 2007, 17:38
Replies: 460
Views: 31,566
Posted By leyla
Re: First Line Relay

'All happy families are more or less dissimilar; all unhappy ones are more or less alike' says a great Russian writer in the beginning of a famous novel (Anna Arkadievitch Karenina, translated into...
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 18th Oct 2007, 17:32
Replies: 460
Views: 31,566
Posted By leyla
Re: First Line Relay

The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
Forum: Book Reviews 18th Oct 2007, 12:41
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Views: 40,366
Posted By leyla
Re: Booker Prize 2007

So how about Booker shortlisted books - excluding winners? My disclaimer is that I've forgotten a lot about the ones I read decades ago, so I'm awarding their stars retrospectively based on the...
Forum: Book Reviews 17th Oct 2007, 23:30
Replies: 627
Views: 40,366
Posted By leyla
Re: Booker Prize 2007

The Line of Beauty second from bottom, Mr HG? What didn't you like about it? I thought it was lush and fantastic. It would come near my top. My list of past winners is like so:

1 - The Line of...
Forum: General Chat 17th Oct 2007, 23:06
Replies: 883
Views: 89,623
Posted By leyla
Re: Recent Purchases 2007

Cheers, Lucoid. Thanks for the Star bar tip, kirsty - I hope I've remembered right and it's the one filled with a sort of mashed peanut goo, like a Snickers/Marathon filled with peanut butter.
Paul,...
Forum: General Chat 17th Oct 2007, 22:59
Replies: 1,121
Views: 75,896
Posted By leyla
Re: Happy Birthday to...

So have you had your 2007 birthday too, gil? If so, hope it was a merry one.
Forum: General Chat 17th Oct 2007, 19:04
Replies: 1,424
Views: 155,888
Posted By leyla
Re: The Food Thread

Don't you mean taking the pizz(a)? (Doh - or should I say dough)

Little Italy on Byres Rd used to do a great pizza, and it's cheaper than Dominos.
Forum: General Chat 17th Oct 2007, 18:50
Replies: 98
Views: 9,435
Posted By leyla
Re: The Booze Thread

I like the joke, beergood!

Col, I wish I could help you with wine recommendations but I know zilch about wine.
The s.o and brother know a lot about it but I don't really like wine - it's just too...
Forum: Other Reviews 17th Oct 2007, 10:22
Replies: 1,675
Views: 155,346
Posted By leyla
Re: Decent Telly

It's great to have the delicious Dragons' Den back. The pretty Australian Richard Fairley(?) has been driven away, probably by Peter Jones's disparaging comments, but there's a new dragon in his...
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