Wednesday, 30 December 2009

you know when you have finally got all comfy in bed and its nice just to lay there comfy and relaxed that was me at 6am, then woodie (black labrador) started to bark woodie NEVER barks unless something is wrong, I was out of bed, dressed (kind off one sock on and jumper on inside out) and into the garden in about 10secs flat, richards Call ducks had decided that they wanted to run around in the garden and not in there pen and were walking in front of woodies kennel blooming things.

its now 09:13 and I am trully utterly tired out, but on a good note I have got lots of knitting done

Monday, 21 December 2009

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow

East Yorkshire is covered in snow, I love how it makes everything look so beautiful from the trees to the roof tops, and the silence that is brings I love nothing more than getting wrapped up and walking the dogs early in morning nothing around and soo quiet.

I have finally finished my arm warmers for my dad heres the proof I like them so much I am now Knitting myself a pair!

first attempt of cable to took a while to get my head around but I love the affect

Tuesday, 15 December 2009


I am so over excited its unbelievable and no its not because christmas next week, no because finally after 4 years of looking we might have finally found out dream home wwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

its a lovely little bungalow with a couple of acres and lots and lots of trees!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

cup of tea anyone

Treated myself to a new huge cup for my tea.... just perfect size to have while knitting

Peaches and cream 100% cotton in a lovely rose pink the finishing touch for my Mums Xmas present will become a a Butterfly face cloth to go with the lovely homemade soap .... its so nice I want one!!!

Saturday, 5 December 2009

New Calander

A nice new calendar for 2010, Most popular Monte Picture nice hey and a bargain to £1!

and fact about Monet

main focus of Monet's artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts

Update on Chi Scarf

Some pics of the my ickle dog scarf still a few bits to do but its coming along, cant wait till see them on the dogs there for!

Friday, 4 December 2009

Scarves for dogs you bet!

My friend has two lovely Chi's (chihuahua's) and the get cold around the neck apparently when there out in there coats  I am knitting them two tiny ickle Chi scarves, will update with pictures once I have finished them and they have been received but heres a pic of one of them :)

Other than dog scarves I have decided my terracotta plant pots are borning, so gong to make some stripey pot holders to jazz them up a little

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Current work in progress

these are what I am knitting at the moment as you will tell from the posts before I have had trouble with the cables, finally got the hang of them and I hope soon they will be armwarmers

the pattern is from Knitty Spring 2007 and are called dashing, they have been frustrating but now I am glad I carried on with them and they are coming along nicely

I might even knit myself a pair of these once I have finished these


Note to self DO NOT EAT NEAR KNITTING just spilt sweet and sour sauce on them now need to wash it gently still on the needles..........

various pictures


seem to have cable down now, *fingers crossed* armwarmers are now coming along nicely so might be a chance they will be finished for crimbo and not buried in my "to frog" box!

Found a great and addicting blog makes me want to try crocheting just so I can make the little birds! heres the link dont blame me if you spend hours reading it heehee

getting more used to my camoille tea now have to admit it does help me sleep even if for the first week it was eewwwwwww

going to go back and snuggle under my blanket and spend the afternoon knitting

Sunday, 29 November 2009




now I have got that of my chest , what is with them, were they made to check how far a knitter can throw there knitting needles, to make me more grey than gran at 28? they look good but why are they so hard, is it just me or am I just been totally utterly dim?

I mean I am only trying to do this pattern i cant see why I am making such a hash of it

Sunday, 8 November 2009

coming back to life

three weeks of sneezing coughing and winging none stop I am finally starting to feel like a person I hate been Ill !!

Thursday, 22 October 2009

yar from granny

Just got a parcel from my Granny full of Yarn has one ball of Rowan what hopefully in the near future will be this

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

bloody laptop is broken screen keeps falling off great fun!

missing my Senna cant wait for her to come home, lets hops she comes home with a belly full of puppies

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Monday, 19 October 2009

what a day

what a day went over to take Manchester to take my friend the puppy I have given them, they are made up with him and he has settled in all ready bless him. dropped senna to be mated but she wasnt playing ball she has stayed over for a few dirty days!

from Manchester we went to pick up some show standard mice there HUGE! but gorgeous fingers crossed for lots of pretty babies eventually

and the rant of the day?

DANGEROUS drivers, is it really worth risking yours and someones elses life for a couple of seconds? twice today I have seen someone driving really dangerous and within half a mile 27 drivers with no seatbelts, after losing a cousin at 15 due to someone driving to fast it really makes me angry


Saturday, 17 October 2009

mmm What to knit friend has a baby girl due in Febuary and want to knit something as have a lot of baby white yarn, but what to knit! I better get my thinking cap on!

as for the random bumblebee pic I just love them, if it was not for them we wouldn't be here any more, there are beautiful and need our help

so do your bit for bees, simply but planting bee friendly plants like the budleah commonly known as the butterfly bush, and also what this bee is collecting pollen from in the pic

Friday, 16 October 2009

knitting fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom, and closets.

Knitting for me is just not the pride of making something, or seeing it come together, knitting for me is therapy, it takes my mind of the pain and lets my brain shut down.

I can sit in my favortie chair in the corner, needles in my hands and for a while forget the stress and pains of daily life.

Knitting is the best therapy ...

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

so how many have you read

1. Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes
The story of the gentle knight and his servant Sancho Panza has entranced readers for centuries.
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2. Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan
The one with the Slough of Despond and Vanity Fair.
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3. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
The first English novel.
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4. Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift READ
A wonderful satire that still works for all ages, despite the savagery of Swift's vision.
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5. Tom Jones Henry Fielding READ
The adventures of a high-spirited orphan boy: an unbeatable plot and a lot of sex ending in a blissful marriage.
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6. Clarissa Samuel Richardson
One of the longest novels in the English language, but unputdownable.
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7. Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne
One of the first bestsellers, dismissed by Dr Johnson as too fashionable for its own good.
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8. Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
An epistolary novel and a handbook for seducers: foppish, French, and ferocious.
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9. Emma Jane AustenREAD
Near impossible choice between this and Pride and Prejudice. But Emma never fails to fascinate and annoy.
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10. Frankenstein Mary Shelley READ
Inspired by spending too much time with Shelley and Byron.
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11. Nightmare Abbey Thomas Love Peacock
A classic miniature: a brilliant satire on the Romantic novel.
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12. The Black Sheep Honore De Balzac
Two rivals fight for the love of a femme fatale. Wrongly overlooked.
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13. The Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal
Penetrating and compelling chronicle of life in an Italian court in post-Napoleonic France.
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14. The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
A revenge thriller also set in France after Bonaparte: a masterpiece of adventure writing.
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15. Sybil Benjamin Disraeli
Apart from Churchill, no other British political figure shows literary genius.
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16. David Copperfield Charles DickensREAD
This highly autobiographical novel is the one its author liked best.
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17. Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte READ
Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff have passed into the language. Impossible to ignore.
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18. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte READREADREADREAD
Obsessive emotional grip and haunting narrative.
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19. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
The improving tale of Becky Sharp.
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20. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
A classic investigation of the American mind.
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21. Moby-Dick Herman MelvilleREAD
'Call me Ishmael' is one of the most famous opening sentences of any novel.
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22. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert READ
You could summarise this as a story of adultery in provincial France, and miss the point entirely.
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23. The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
Gripping mystery novel of concealed identity, abduction, fraud and mental cruelty.
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24. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll READ
A story written for the nine-year-old daughter of an Oxford don that still baffles most kids.
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25. Little Women Louisa M. Alcott READ
Victorian bestseller about a New England family of girls.
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26. The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
A majestic assault on the corruption of late Victorian England.
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27. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
The supreme novel of the married woman's passion for a younger man.
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28. Daniel Deronda George Eliot
A passion and an exotic grandeur that is strange and unsettling.
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29. The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky
Mystical tragedy by the author of Crime and Punishment.
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30. The Portrait of a Lady Henry James
The story of Isabel Archer shows James at his witty and polished best.
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31. Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Twain was a humorist, but this picture of Mississippi life is profoundly moral and still incredibly influential.
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32. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson READ
A brilliantly suggestive, resonant study of human duality by a natural storyteller.
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33. Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome
One of the funniest English books ever written.
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34. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
A coded and epigrammatic melodrama inspired by his own tortured homosexuality.
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35. The Diary of a Nobody George Grossmith
This classic of Victorian suburbia will always be renowned for the character of Mr Pooter.
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36. Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
Its savage bleakness makes it one of the first twentieth-century novels.
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37. The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
A prewar invasion-scare spy thriller by a writer later shot for his part in the Irish republican rising.
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38. The Call of the Wild Jack London
The story of a dog who joins a pack of wolves after his master's death.
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39. Nostromo Joseph Conrad
Conrad's masterpiece: a tale of money, love and revolutionary politics.
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40. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame READ
This children's classic was inspired by bedtime stories for Grahame's son.
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41. In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust
An unforgettable portrait of Paris in the belle epoque. Probably the longest novel on this list.
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42. The Rainbow D. H. Lawrence
Novels seized by the police, like this one, have a special afterlife.
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43. The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
This account of the adulterous lives of two Edwardian couples is a classic of unreliable narration.
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44. The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan
A classic adventure story for boys, jammed with action, violence and suspense.
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45. Ulysses James Joyce
Also pursued by the British police, this is a novel more discussed than read.
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46. Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf
Secures Woolf's position as one of the great twentieth-century English novelists.
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47. A Passage to India E. M. Forster
The great novel of the British Raj, it remains a brilliant study of empire.
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48. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The quintessential Jazz Age novel.
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49. The Trial Franz Kafka
The enigmatic story of Joseph K.
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50. Men Without Women Ernest Hemingway
He is remembered for his novels, but it was the short stories that first attracted notice.
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51. Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Celine
The experiences of an unattractive slum doctor during the Great War: a masterpiece of linguistic innovation.
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52. As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
A strange black comedy by an American master.
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53. Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Dystopian fantasy about the world of the seventh century AF (after Ford).
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54. Scoop Evelyn Waugh
The supreme Fleet Street novel.
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55. USA John Dos Passos
An extraordinary trilogy that uses a variety of narrative devices to express the story of America.
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56. The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler
Introducing Philip Marlowe: cool, sharp, handsome - and bitterly alone.
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57. The Pursuit Of Love Nancy Mitford
An exquisite comedy of manners with countless fans.
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58. The Plague Albert Camus
A mysterious plague sweeps through the Algerian town of Oran.
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59. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
This tale of one man's struggle against totalitarianism has been appropriated the world over.
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60. Malone Dies Samuel Beckett
Part of a trilogy of astonishing monologues in the black comic voice of the author of Waiting for Godot.
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61. Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
A week in the life of Holden Caulfield. A cult novel that still mesmerises.
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62. Wise Blood Flannery O'Connor
A disturbing novel of religious extremism set in the Deep South.
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63. Charlotte's Web E. B. White READ
How Wilbur the pig was saved by the literary genius of a friendly spider.
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64. The Lord Of The Rings J. R. R. TolkienREAD
Enough said!
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65. Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis
An astonishing debut: the painfully funny English novel of the Fifties.
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66. Lord of the Flies William Golding
Schoolboys become savages: a bleak vision of human nature.
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67. The Quiet American Graham Greene
Prophetic novel set in 1950s Vietnam.
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68 On the Road Jack Kerouac
The Beat Generation bible.
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69. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov READ
Humbert Humbert's obsession with Lolita is a tour de force of style and narrative.
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70. The Tin Drum Gunter Grass
Hugely influential, Rabelaisian novel of Hitler's Germany.
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71. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Nigeria at the beginning of colonialism. A classic of African literature.
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72. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
A writer who made her debut in The Observer - and her prose is like cut glass.
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73. To Kill A Mockingbird Harper LeeREAD
Scout, a six-year-old girl, narrates an enthralling story of racial prejudice in the Deep South.
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74. Catch-22 Joseph Heller
'[He] would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.'
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75. Herzog Saul Bellow
Adultery and nervous breakdown in Chicago.
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76. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A postmodern masterpiece.
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77. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont Elizabeth Taylor
A haunting, understated study of old age.
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78. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carre
A thrilling elegy for post-imperial Britain.
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79. Song of Solomon Toni Morrison
The definitive novelist of the African-American experience.
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80. The Bottle Factory Outing Beryl Bainbridge
Macabre comedy of provincial life.
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81. The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer
This quasi-documentary account of the life and death of Gary Gilmore is possibly his masterpiece.
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82. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller Italo Calvino
A strange, compelling story about the pleasures of reading.
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83. A Bend in the River V. S. Naipaul
The finest living writer of English prose. This is his masterpiece: edgily reminiscent of Heart of Darkness.
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84. Waiting for the Barbarians J.M. Coetzee
Bleak but haunting allegory of apartheid by the Nobel prizewinner.
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85. Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson
Haunting, poetic story, drowned in water and light, about three generations of women.
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86. Lanark Alasdair Gray
Seething vision of Glasgow. A Scottish classic.
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87. The New York Trilogy Paul Auster
Dazzling metaphysical thriller set in the Manhattan of the 1970s.
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88. The BFG Roald Dahl
A bestseller by the most popular postwar writer for children of all ages.
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89. The Periodic Table Primo Levi
A prose poem about the delights of chemistry.
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90. Money Martin Amis
The novel that bags Amis's place on any list.
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91. An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro
A collaborator from prewar Japan reluctantly discloses his betrayal of friends and family.
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92. Oscar And Lucinda Peter Carey
A great contemporary love story set in nineteenth-century Australia by double Booker prizewinner.
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93. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera
Inspired by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, this is a magical fusion of history, autobiography and ideas.
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94. Haroun and the Sea af Stories Salman Rushdie
In this entrancing story Rushdie plays with the idea of narrative itself.
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95. La Confidential James Ellroy
Three LAPD detectives are brought face to face with the secrets of their corrupt and violent careers.
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96. Wise Children Angela Carter
A theatrical extravaganza by a brilliant exponent of magic realism.
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97. Atonement Ian McEwan
Acclaimed short-story writer achieves a contemporary classic of mesmerising narrative conviction.
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98. Northern Lights Philip Pullman
Lyra's quest weaves fantasy, horror and the play of ideas into a truly great contemporary children's book.
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99. American Pastoral Philip Roth
For years, Roth was famous for Portnoy's Complaint . Recently, he has enjoyed an extraordinary revival.
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100. Austerlitz W. G. Sebald
Posthumously published volume in a sequence of dream-like fictions spun from memory, photographs and the German past.
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Who did we miss?

So, are you congratulating yourself on having read everything on our list or screwing the newspaper up into a ball and aiming it at the nearest bin?

Are you wondering what happened to all those American writers from Bret Easton Ellis to Jeffrey Eugenides, from Jonathan Franzen to Cormac McCarthy?

Have women been short-changed? Should we have included Pat Barker, Elizabeth Bowen, A.S. Byatt, Penelope Fitzgerald, Doris Lessing and Iris Murdoch?

What's happened to novels in translation such as Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, Hesse's Siddhartha, Mishima's The Sea of Fertility, Süskind's Perfume and Zola's Germinal?

Writers such as J.G. Ballard, Julian Barnes, Anthony Burgess, Bruce Chatwin, Robertson Davies, John Fowles, Nick Hornby, Russell Hoban, Somerset Maugham and V.S. Pritchett narrowly missed the final hundred. Were we wrong to lose them?

sniffle cough moan groan

yup you guessed it still full of cold,didnt make it into town yesterday but determined to make it today so getting myself re energised to go for the bus!

been doing some knitting this morning on my lovely new Knit pro interchangeable's every knitter should have a set so lovely

Monday, 12 October 2009

So this is my new blog welcome to what will become the very strange workings of my brain, I'm Clare I live in East Yorkshire I am a knitter, rocker and animal mad I am Housegirlfriend to Rich my O/H of 7 years

I live in a little village we have no pub but we do have an army camp and lots of hedgehogs!

Today I have been extrmley lazy as I am full of cold, so it has been cheesy american comedys and lots of cup of teas, how is it till your ill you never notice how borning day time telly really is??

I mean its either repeats from 10 years ago or some programe that was never good enough for mainstream!

I have senna booked in for her hip scoring on wednesday and then fingers crossed in decembe for the tiny pitter patter of tiny NI;s yes I am very very excited she isnt even mated yet and I am already thinking of names

so a trip over to Manchester is on the cards next week!

Now off to bed and to winge that I'm feeling poorly what a Baby I am