Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.

Whimsy 4/5*

Figures of Speech - Mervyn Peake

A delightful little bit of fun for die-hard fans of Peake's illustrations and those who like wordplay.

It's a simple (but beautifully produced) little book of 29 (why 29?) illustrations of figures of speech, with a list of answers at the back. 

The one on the cover, illustrated at the top of this review, is "Grin and bear it", which gives you an idea of what it's like.

It could make a good party game (as a one-off): a few are easy to guess, most a little tricky, and one or two, very hard indeed.

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The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
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