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Joanne Rowling, CH, OBE, HonFRSE, FRCPE, FRSL, better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist
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Poverty Safari
Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass
Darren McGarvey - Sep 01, 2019
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The Sunday Times top ten bestseller.Winner of the Orwell Prize 2018.Darren McGarvey has experienced poverty and its devastating effects first-hand. He knows why people from deprived communities all around Britain feel angry and unheard. And he wants to explain . . .So he invites you to come on a safari of sorts. But not the kind where the wildlife ...
J. K. Rowling
Jun 25, 2018
Incredible achievement. Stunning book.      source
Macbeth
William Shakespeare - Mar 05, 2020 (first published in 1606)
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Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king to ensure his ambitions come true. But he soon learns the meaning of terror - killing once, he must kill again and again, and the dead return to haunt him. A story of war, witchcraft and bloodshed, Macbeth also depicts the relationship between husbands...
J. K. Rowling
Possibly my favorite Shakespeare play.      source
The Story of the Treasure Seekers
Edith Nesbit - Apr 03, 2018 (first published in 1899)
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The Story of the Treasure Seekers tells the story of Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel, and Horace Octavious (H.O.) Bastable, and their attempts to assist their widowed father and recover the fortunes of their family....
J. K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling ranks 'The Story of the Treasure Seekers' as her favorite of Nesbit's books.      source
The Iliad
A New Translation by Peter Green
Homer - May 14, 2015 (first published in 750)
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One of the oldest extant works of Western literature, the Iliad is a timeless epic poem of great warriors trapped between their own heroic pride and the arbitrary, often vicious decisions of fate and the gods. Renowned scholar and acclaimed translator Peter Green captures the Iliad in all its surging thunder for a new generation of readers.Featurin...
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I was thinking of The Iliad when Harry saved Cedric’s body.      source
Little Women
Louisa May Alcott - Aug 28, 2014 (first published in 1868)
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Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they're putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there's one thing they can't help w...
J. K. Rowling
My favorite literary heroine is Jo March.      source
The Song of Achilles
A Novel
Magic Tree House Series
Madeline Miller - Aug 28, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the...
J. K. Rowling
I loved it.      source
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Manxmouse
Paul Gallico - Apr 01, 2012 (first published in 1968)
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Tiny Manxmouse has set out into the unknown to seek his destiny. But can a mouse with bright blue fur and huge rabbit ears survive fearsome foxes, terrified elephants and cats big and small?...
J. K. Rowling
Gallico manages the fine line between magic and reality so skilfully, to the point where the most fantastic events feel plausible.      source
Justice
What's the Right Thing to Do?
Michael J. Sandel - Aug 17, 2010 (first published in 2005)
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"For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," The Nation's reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book―based on his legendary Harvard course―Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn...
J. K. Rowling
I’d give our prime minister Justice.      source
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Nigel Warburton
Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin - Feb 01, 2009 (first published in 2005)
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The bestselling and prize-winning study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the book that inspired Barack Obama in his presidency.When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: Team of Rivals. This monumental and brillian...
J. K. Rowling
I lived in it the way that you do with truly great books; putting it down with glazed eyes and feeling disconcerted to find yourself in the 21st century.      source
The Oxford Shakespeare
The Complete Works, 2nd Edition
William Shakespeare - Aug 01, 2005 (first published in 1910)
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Hailed by The Washington Post as "a definitive synthesis of the best editions" and by The Times of London as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship," The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard's work: the most authoritative edition of the plays and poems ever published.Now, almost two decades after the original volume, Oxford is...
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Q. - If you could bring only three books to a desert island, which would you pack? JK.R - Collected works of Shakespeare (not cheating — I’ve got a single volume of them); collected works of P. G. Wodehouse (two volumes, but I’m sure I could find one); collected works of Colette.      source
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Hons and Rebels
Jessica Mitford - Sep 30, 2004 (first published in 1960)
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Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the 1920s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer; Diana, wife to the English fascist chief Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, who fell head over in heels in love with Hitler; and Deborah, later the Duche...
J. K. Rowling
My most influential writer, without a doubt, is Jessica Mitford.      source
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
Cheri and the Last of Cheri by Colette Colette
Secrets of the Flesh by Judith Thurman
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The diaries of Auberon Waugh by Auberon Waugh
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Collected Stories of Colette by Colette
Grimble and Grimble at Christmas by Clement Freud