Book Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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I’ve recently been making my way through a list of classics I’ve always wanted to read but never had but I decided to start off 2017 with one that I loved when I read it before to see if I still enjoyed it ten years later. Great Expectations is that book that you studied at school, the one you pick apart and analyse every other word so if it survived that and made me want to read it again in the past I thought it would be worth reading again, especially as I got the Penguin Clothbound Classics version last year. This has an RRP of £14.99 though it seems to vary in price, WH Smith currently have a lot of the Clothbound Classics at £10.49.

One thing I like about these Clothbound Classics is the little extras added in that add context, whether it’s the author’s life or what was happening at the time in the world in general. I know these aren’t necessary to enjoy the story but I think of them a bit like those extras you get in DVDs that are fun to read if you want but can also be ignored. If you want the ISBN number and details of this exact edition I’ve put them at the end.

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Book Review: Something Fresh By PG Wodehouse

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Author: PG Wodehouse

Year written: 1915

Publisher and year: Arrow Books, 2008

ISBN Number: 978-0-09-951378-0

I bought this book as part of a set from The Works a while ago, I think maybe some time last year, as it was in an offer as a set of four. The RRP for these is £7.99 though I think that’s around the amount I paid for all four of them, though they don’t seem to be available from them any more. There are a lot of versions of the Blandings books published throughout the years, I only realise when writing this that it was written over 100 years ago, so you can probably find it available for cheap online or in second hand book stores.

This is the first book from the Blanding series. I’m not sure how well known it is as a Wodehouse series, until a year or two ago I hadn’t heard of it and the only knowledge I have is from the BBC TV series with Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders. There are nine books in the series in total and this one introduces the characters and the setting itself for future stories, though Lord Emsworth and his family don’t feel like the main characters in this story it is a good introduction to them and the society that they live in.

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