The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Tevis

As you may know from my previous post I had some adventures getting to read The Queen’s Gambit. But I finally got there, and decided to follow my mum’s footsteps in reading the book before watching the series. Which, having now done both, I still think was sound advice. Now, you either already know what …

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Queen’s Gambit – Elizabeth Freemantle

I’m sure you know that a few months ago the whole world went bonkers for the Netflix series Queen’s Gambit. In the first weeks, I missed the hype and only found out about it from my mum. She told me she is reading the book before she’ll watch the series because she would be too …

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Szamańska Choroba – Jacek Hugo-Bader

This was one of my lovely birthday gifts from my mum. The title can be roughly translated as Shamanic Disease. Jacek Hugo-Bader is a Polish reporter focusing mostly on Russia and former Soviet Republics. He traveled extensively in this area, including a car journey from Moscow to Vladivostok, a canoe trip through Lake Baikal and …

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Adrian Mole. The Cappuccino Years – Sue Townsend

Adrian Mole is a character that accompanied the British public for thirty years. First introduced in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ published in 1982, Adrian grew and developed throughout the subsequent decades, while also becoming the chronicler of the societal changes happening in the United Kingdom. I remember I read the …

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Streetfight. Handbook for an Urban Revolution – Janette Sadik-Khan, Seth Solomonow

It was probably last year when I got from my mum a set of four books about modern approaches to urban design. I read them slowly because the subject matter is a serious one. It touches us every day. Since most of us live in cities, the design mistakes haunt us, making our life difficult …

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The Naming of the Dead – Ian Rankin

My chaotic relationship with Inspector Rebus continues. This is also the last of my October Cyprus vacation crime-reading spree. The others were: The Winner by David Baldacci, Camino Island by John Grisham, Run Away by Harlan Coben, Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré (who sadly recently passed away), The Whistler by John Grisham and In The Woods by Tana French. October …

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