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Spending a whole day reading is one of life’s pleasures and three months without TV or internet has meant perfect conditions for S to indulge in a book-reading extravaganza.

A shady fig tree has been a time-travelling machine taking S from pre-revolutionary Russia (Crime and Punishment), Escoffier’s kitchens in France (White Truffles in Winter), contemporary London (The Detective’s Daughter) and pre-war Berlin (Zoo Station). There’s been revolutionary 1970s Chile (Something Fierce) and a drug baron’s palace in Mexico (Down the Rabbit Hole).

So in no particular order – and for no reason other than to keep our own log of what’s been read so far – here are the books:

  1. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  2. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. I Choose to Live – Sabine Dardenne
  4. The Moors in Spain – Stanley Lane-Poole
  5. The Spanish Temper – VS Pritchett
  6. Bombsites and Lollipops – Jacky Hyams
  7. Zoo Station – David Downing
  8. Waiting for Sunrise – William Boyd
  9. One Step Too Far – Tina Seskis
  10. The Aquariums of Pyongyang – Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot
  11. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
  12. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  13. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  14. Road Closed – Leigh Russell
  15. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  16. Labyrinth – Kate Mosse
  17. Pasodoble – Martin Cross
  18. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  19. Something Fierce – Carmen Aguirre
  20. Crime and Punishment  – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  21. Ordinary Thunderstorms – William Boyd
  22. Driving Over Lemons (again) – Chris Stewart
  23. The Silence  – Alison Bruce
  24. Down the Rabbit Hole – Juan Pablo Villalobos
  25. Spanish Civil War – George Levrier-Jones
  26. My Father’s House – Bethany Dawson
  27. White Truffles in Winter – Nicole Kelby
  28. Slave Girl – Sarah Forsyth
  29. The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
  30. The Marseille Caper – Peter Mayle
  31. The Messenger of Athens – Anne Zouroudi
  32. Watch Over Me – Daniela Sacerdoti
  33. The Detective’s Daughter – Lesley Thomson
  34. After the Fall – Charity Norman
  35. The Last Templar – Michael Jecks
  36. Road to Rouen – Ben Hatch

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