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Frank, Anne

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

I visited Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam back in 2011, the first time I came to Europe, and had been meaning to read the book since. I finally did, thanks to audio book. I listened to the 70th anniversary edition above, read by Helena Bonham Carter, and it was perfect. I really liked her reading. […]

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Vanistendael, Judith

Dance by the Light of the Moon – Judith Vanistendael

I went to a panel of European Graphic Novelists a couple of years ago at the British Library (wrote a little about here), and one of the panelists was Belgian author Judith Vanistendael. Her semi-biographical graphic novel based on her own experience falling in love with a refugee piqued my interest, and I still remembered […]

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Capote, Truman

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

In Cold Blood is said to be the original non-fiction novel, based on a true crime in a small town called Holcomb, in Kansas, USA, in which a family of four were killed without apparent purpose – hence “in cold blood”. In light of recent political events, it seemed like an apt time to read […]

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Backderf, Derf

My Friend Dahmer – Derf Backderf

I first heard of My Friend Dahmer from Literary Disco podcast. The trio spoke very highly of it, and I think it was mentioned even as one of their favorite or most memorable books of that year that they read as a group. So I snapped this book when I saw it at my library. […]

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Okakura, Kakuzō

The Book of Tea – Kakuzō Okakura

  The Book of Tea was first published in 1906 – surprisingly, in English! I only realised this after trying to find the translator, or which translation was best, and a book group friend was looking for “the original”, hah! Here I thought Kazuo Ishiguro was the only Japanese writing in English (I’m sure not […]

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Ross, Edward

Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film – Edward Ross

When I saw Filmish in recent SelfMadeHero catalogue, I knew it would be the right graphic novel for me. Regular readers may know that I work in the film industry, specifically post-production house. Though what we do is often more technical than creative, everyone I know in our company loves movies. Many aspire to and […]

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Maroh, Julie Talbot, Bryan Talbot, Mary M.

Blue is the Warmest Color / Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

Two graphic novels I read most recently: Blue is the Warmest Color – Julie Maroh I watched Blue is the Warmest Color film 2 years ago and really liked it, and since then I’d been meaning to read the graphic novel it was based on. A visit to the library offered this opportunity. I don’t read […]

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Didion, Joan

Slouching Towards Betlehem by Joan Didion

Slouching Towards Betlehem is a collection of essays by Joan Didion that were written between 1961 to 1968, the collection itself published in 1968. I heard the name Joan Didion thrown a lot, and this is my first time reading her book. I chose this, first because of this Great Courses, secondly because I happened to see […]

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Bryson, Bill

Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

Notes from a Small Island is Bill Bryson’s chronicle of journey around Britain in the 90s “for the last time”, right before he and his family moved back to the US. It’s a coincidence that I read this a few months ago, before I knew that his new book was coming, called The Road to Little […]

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Birmant, Julie Hoffmann, E. T. A. Oubrerie, Clément Sendak, Maurice

Pablo (Art Masters Series) / Nutcracker – E.T.A. Hoffmann

Pablo by Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie Pablo is the latest in the Art Masters Series published by Self Made Hero (a British graphic novel publisher). The earlier two were Vincent and Rembrandt, the former telling the life of Vincent Van Gogh I have written about here before. The review copy has come at the […]