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The Oxford Anthology of English Poetry: Volume I: Spenser to Crabbe
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne, Anthony Bonner
Lord Jim
Joseph Conrad
Aesop's Fables
Aesop, Laura Gibbs
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Yosemite and the High Sierra
Ansel Adams, John Szarkowski, Andrea G. Stillman
Transcendent
Stephen Baxter
The Official Highway Code
Department for Transport, Driving Standards Agency
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
Stephen Fry
The Nation's Favourite: Poems
Griff Rhys Jones
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery - Alan Bradley Flavia reminded me of myself at her age (not that I knew as much as her, but I was a precocious science whiz with a sense of adventure). I loved this book, with its combination of light-hearted wit, imaginative storyline, and memorable characters and interrelationships. There is a dark side to some of the writing and relationships (Flavia's unhealthy interest in poisons and her filial quarrels with her sisters) that gives the story a satisfyingly realistic aspect, even though the outlandish plot is clearly in the 'entertainment' category of detective fiction (a good thing, as I presume the novel is aimed at "Young Adults"). There are some thought-provoking and challenging discussion points at the back for school or book club readers.