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Julie

Favourite genre: Literary Fiction

Get to know more about Julie and her taste in books below:

More about me

1. A book you didn't think you were going to like as much as you did?

The Woman in The Library by Sulari Gentill. I'm not usually drawn to crime thrillers but I loved the twisty, turny, tongue-in-cheek adventure Sulari took me on.

2. A favourite book of 2022:

Spring Cannot Be Cancelled by David Hockney and Martin Gayford

3. Your favourite book of all time:

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

4. A book that changed your life:

The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

5. A book that ruined you:

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis; the rats!!

6. A book with the best first line or quote:

Burnt Coat by Sarah Hall has the best first AND last lines! 

"Those who tell stories survive."

"A life is a bead of water on the black surface, so frail, so strong, it's world incredibly held."

Reading goals?

Never stop!!

TBR (want to read pile):

Currently Reading:

The Ministry Of Time

By Kaliane Bradley

The Instant New York Times and Sunday Times Bestseller

 

 

A 2024 literary highlight in the Sunday Times, BBC, Grazia, Dazed, Sunday Express, GQ, i-D, Stylist, Bookseller and Literary Friction

 

 

'Outrageously brilliant' ELEANOR CATTON

 

'Make room on your bookshelves for a new classic' MAX PORTER

 

'Thought-provoking and horribly clever' ALICE WINN

 

'Funny, moving, original, intelligent, beautifully written' NATHAN FILER

 

'Electric, charming, whimsical and strange' EMILY HENRY

 

'Within the first couple of pages I was gripped' KATE MOSSE

 

 

A BOY MEETS A GIRL. THE PAST MEETS THE FUTURE. A FINGER MEETS A TRIGGER. THE BEGINNING MEETS THE END. ENGLAND IS FOREVER. ENGLAND MUST FALL.

 

 

In the near future, a disaffected civil servant is offered a lucrative job in a mysterious new government ministry gathering 'expats' from across history to test the limits of time-travel.

 

 

Her role is to work as a 'bridge': living with, assisting and monitoring the expat known as '1847' - Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin's doomed expedition to the Arctic, so he's a little disoriented to find himself alive and surrounded by outlandish concepts such as 'washing machine', 'Spotify' and 'the collapse of the British Empire'. With an appetite for discovery and a seven-a-day cigarette habit, he soon adjusts; and during a long, sultry summer he and his bridge move from awkwardness to genuine friendship, to something more.

 

 

But as the true shape of the project that brought them together begins to emerge, Gore and the bridge are forced to confront their past choices and imagined futures. Can love triumph over the structures and histories that have shaped them? And how do you defy history when history is living in your house?

The Ministry Of Time
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