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One of the most popular features of newbooks magazine is the regular column What We're Reading which gives the magazine staff and contributors the chance to write about a book they have recently read. As the magazine is bi-monthly this section of the website will be an opportunity for more up to date reading snippets and recommendations.

Coleshill by Fiona Sampson

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 10th May 2013

When I lived in Gloucestershire Coleshill, just over the border in Oxfordshire, was on several of the cycle routes we rode regularly. It is a particularly memorable spot for me as it is remembered as the hill I never quite managed to cycle up. Once when I really thought I was going to make it, my view...

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Just in Case by Meg Rosoff

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 24th February 2013

Meg Rossof is speaking at the University of Winchester this coming week and the suggested reading was either Just in Case or There is no Dog, the two of her books I haven't read. Alison loaned me her copy of Just in Case sometime ago knowing I would enjoy it. She was right. Loved it. view...

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The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 5th February 2013

Some of our readers may know that in addition to newbooks and now The New Writer, I also work at Jane Austen's House Museum.   I'm not a Jane Austen expert but one can't help but learn more and more about Jane, her work and her family every time I'm at the Museum. In the museum exhibitions view...

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Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 12th January 2013

I read this for the first time back in the summer (nice and short to take away on holiday) but my Reading Group has now set it for next meeting so I will skim through again. Not sure where my copy has disappeared to though as my daughter's reading group has just discussed it too... will have to go view...

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It's hard to be hip over thirty

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 8th December 2012

I discovered this book on a speedy visit to the Persephone Bookshop recently and flipping through the pages it made me giggle.    Althought rather dated it was very evocative of the period in which it was written. view...

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The Marlowe Papers

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 19th April 2012

I've just finished reading a proof copy of The Marlowe Papers which comes out in May. A full review is here view...

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The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon

Posted by Alison Glinn, 27th March 2012

    A small story set in the small rural world of yesteryear; this is an old tale of the small joys and large injustices born by women through the ages. No surprises here but beautifully told in the voice of Mary, the yougest farm girl. view...

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A Study of Sherlock

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 27th January 2012

Never having read any previously and suffering from Sherlock withdrawl I have embarked upon a feast of Conan Doyle starting at the beginning with A Study in Scarlet and also The Sign of Four. So many more to look forward to. view...

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Antonia Forest’s Kingscote: Spring Term by Sally Hayward

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 11th December 2011

I am basking in the glow of a good read.   I am not entirely sure where I stand on the question of sequels to novels written after the original author has died. There are however some novels and their characters that deserve to be kept alive and among these I definitely count the Marlow view...

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In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 17th November 2011

My book group set this book a couple of months ago but we haven't managed to meet to discuss it yet. Just after she had suggested this book the chooser decided to leave the book group. Not sure if that says something about the book or the group.   Travel writing and yet not travel writing. view...

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Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

Posted by Guy Pringle, 14th November 2011

It's some time since I updated my reading mainly because Under Heaven is a stonking 700+ pages. What made matters worse was a mis-start and that fateful 'I'll just put it to one side for a little while'. However, since Canadian reader Lindy Gomm had spent a third of a day's wages posting this, one view...

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The Dead Summer by Helen Moorhouse (Poolbeg)

Posted by Alison Glinn, 18th October 2011

Thoroughly enjoying this suspenseful tale. Only reading it during my lunch breaks so it's a bit like "look out for next week's exciting instalment!" view...

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The Writing Book by Kate Grenville

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 11th October 2011

We gave away a few copies of this book via the website last week. It has just been published in the UK but my copy is one I bought in Australia a few years ago. The offer reminded me I had a copy so dug it out to look for a few exercises for the next writing group session. view...

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The Empty Nesters by Nina Bell

Posted by Liz Livingston, 11th October 2011

Feeling middle-aged and fluffy brained I thought I'd treat myself to some light chick lit and chose this book by Nina Bell.   Turned out this was neither light nor chick lit (I do wish publishers would be more careful about the covers they choose for books, but that's a rant for another view...

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Today I will mostly be reading poetry...

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 6th October 2011

As it is National Poetry Day I shall spend this evening reading Simon Armitage's The Dead Sea Poems. view...

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Bilgewater by Jane Gardam

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 29th September 2011

My first swap on Read It Swap It. Someone requested one of my books so I looked down their list and chose this book which I have to admit, not liking the title, I would probably never have picked up in a bookshop.   Haven't read Jane Gardam before but I shall certainly be looking out for her view...

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The Rinaldi Ring by Jenny Nimmo

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 22nd September 2011

  Yes I know I only started I Capture the Castle the other evening, but when I was sorting through some books to add to Read It Swap It I came across The Rinaldi Ring by Jenny Nimmo. Before I added it to the list of books to swap I thought I ought to read it.   Yes it is a children's view...

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Dodie Smith

Posted by Madelaine Smith, 19th September 2011

Have just started reading Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle. I have been meaning to read it for years and earlier this evening, when I was looking for something else on the shelf, I came across my (unread) copy.   Many years ago I read A Tale of Two Families by the same author. I became view...

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