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Book Review: The Confidant by Hélène Grémillon

Publisher: Gallic Fiction
Selected Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-908313-29-4
Published: 2012
No. of Pages: 267
Price: £7.99

Translated by Alison Anderson

I received this book from The Inner Circle, run by Book Oxygen (find out more here).

The Confidant by Hélène Grémillon begins with a letter, sent anonymously, to the main character, Camille, an editor living in Paris in the 1970s. It comes just after the death of her mother, and this and subsequent letters tell the story of a young man, Louis, and a young woman from his town with whom he is in love, Annie. When a young married, bourgeois couple move in to the town, Annie begins visiting them, painting and acting as companion to Madame M. As time passes it is revealed that Madame M. cannot bear children and Annie offers to bear one for her. What is unveiled is a series of letters in which the decisions made by adults have dark influences on the lives of Annie and her baby, and consequences which reach far into the future that they could not have envisaged.

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Book Review: The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan

Publisher: Constable Robinson
Selected Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-78033-122-5
Published: 2012 [1995]
No. of Pages: 356
Price: £7.99

I received The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan from The Inner Circle, a programme started by Book Oxygen to help publishers communicate with readers and gauge their opinions of new releases – kind of like a reading forum that publishers can consult about their books.

I did enjoy The Invisible Circus, but I also had a few issues with it, as I will list below…

The blurb immediately reminded me of Pink Hotel by Anne Stothard which I read on holiday and wasn’t that enamoured with so that probably wasn’t a good start. It was another tale of a young girl on a search to find herself by imitating a dead relative and trying to bring them to life again by walking in their footsteps. Both of the plots even involve entanglements with former lovers of their dead relatives, not sure what the obsession with that is, as if it’s a way of trying to get closer to someone by becoming close to the people who loved them.

From the blurb…

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Bookish Gifts

Recently I have been the lucky recipient of three books in the post and thought it was high time I thanked everyone properly!

Through the Literary Blog Hop Giveaway organised by Leeswammes’ Blog, I won two books:

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

From Ali at Heavenali


A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

From Debbie over at ExUrbanis

Thank you very much to both Ali and Debbie, and of course to Leeswammes for organising the Literary Blog Hop. The next giveaway is in October and I hope to be taking part. Keep checking back on my blog around then and you may be a lucky winner too! 🙂

I also received a free book from Book OxygenThe Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan.

They have started a forum called the Inner Circle which will be a forum for publishers to consult about new releases and to find out a little more about readers’ thoughts. You can read more about it and join on their website.

I would also like this opportunity to thank Bundleofbooks who nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Please do have a look at her blog as there are always lots of interesting posts and book reviews. And if you’re interested in finding out more about the Versatile Blogger award have a wee look here. I’m pretty new to blogging so it’s very nice to know that people are interested by what I post on here!

In the spirit of the Versatile Blogger Award I would like to nominate a few of my favourite Versatile Bloggers and will do so on my return from holiday (end of July).

I haven’t had internet of late so please do excuse me for the upcoming barrage of posts. Should keep readers busy for an hour or so!

Jennifer 🙂


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