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February 07, 2014

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Just finished the deptford trilogy by rd - fantastic story telling and just as enjoyable as the Cornish trilogy

I love Robertson Davies, I've read most of his books I think - all pre-blog though, one day I'll revisit.

Must buy the Ray Robinson book. I discovered his first two here and they are utterly amazing.

Lots of Robertson Davies love. Everyone who has read him seems to love him. But why is he not more widely read?

I finished Jawbone Lake this morning - it was a fantastic read. Gripping, plausible and engaging. Robinson is a great storyteller. Forgetting Zoe is one of my favourite reads too.

He is consistently good, Hazel, I agree. He really deserves more acclaim.

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