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May, 2011:

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

I thought I was pretty much done with my reading from the 2010 Booker Prize longlist, and on the whole I have to say it was a pretty positive experience, with only one of those I read falling short of expectations. One that I really didn’t fancy reading was The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. Something about it just didn’t appeal, and some of the reviews I’d read didn’t inspire confidence either. But being a bit of a cheapskate, when the Kindle version came up on offer at a very good price I thought what the heck, let’s give it a go.

So how did I get on with it? Were my initial suspicions correct or was it one that I was lucky not to let pass me by?

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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assasin by Margaret AtwoodI actually received my copy of The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood as a prize in a competition being run by Foyles bookshop for World Book Night earlier this year. As the prize could have been any one of the twenty five titles being promoted I was doubly pleased when the package landed on the doormat and it was by a writer that I hadn’t previously read.

So how did I get on with this Booker Prize Winner from the year 2000?

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101 Folk Tales From India by Eunice de Souza

101 Folk Tales From India by Eunice de SouzaMy thanks go to Aakanksha Singh for sending in a most interesting review of 101 Folk Tales From India. We don’t often feature children’s literature on the site, but I know from the number of hits we get when we do, that parents are always looking for new, challenging and interesting things for their kids to read.

Please also check out Aakanksha’s own book review blog Book Reviews Galore.

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