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Dubliners by James Joyce


Ireland was still fresh in my heart when I saw an invitation to the Bloomsday Book Club hosted at the residence of the Ambassador of Ireland. The book to read was Dubliners by James Joyce. I’ve never read James Joyce, … Continue reading

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Circle of Friends -Maeve Binchy


Reading this book is like travelling to Ireland all over again, as familiar place names other than Dublin like Aran Island, Kerry, Killaney pop up, although it might not necessarily be referring to the place, like when used in an … Continue reading

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The Copper Beech


I’d never thought of visiting Ireland until I read books by Irish writer Maeve Binchy. A friend recommended her highly in 1997 and I’ve read all her books except this book and Circle of Friends, which are her earlier books, … Continue reading

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The Best of Catherine Lim


Thanks to the monthly talk ‘How to Fall in Love with Classics’ organised by my library and conducted by Dr Gwee Li Sui, I have been reading short stories by authors which I had neglected. In April, we would be … Continue reading

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Knots by Gunnhild Oyehaug


  This book was first published in Norway in 2004 and took ten years to be published in English. Translated into English by Keri Dickson, I read the review by James Wood in The New Yorker (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/28/a-norwegian-master-of-the-short-story) and he was … Continue reading

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Perfect Timing by Jill Mansell


I was looking for the short story collection by Katherine Mansfield at the large print section of the library. They didn’t have it but this book caught my attention with the heart ♥️ symbol for romance, and I decided, why … Continue reading

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Common Life by Ho Chee Lick and Anne Lee Tzu Pheng


For the first time, the Singapore Literature Book Club hosted a poet and an artist, on their book Common Life. This is a collection of ekphrastic poems written by poet Dr Leebased on the drawings on everyday life by her … Continue reading

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