The Gallery - Now there's a Novel Idea!

Well this weeks' gallery is challenging..I mean really. I had to get the little grey cells going and you know that I don't like to do that unless REALLY necessary.

Choosing which novel was tricky. I did English Literature at college many moons ago, and I really like books, I struggle to give them away or share them. 

I am a book snob, I like my own copies, I don't like the grubby feeling ones you get from the library or off someone else (I know, I am rubbish, I recycle and everything, but this does let the side down a bit- I do take my kids to the library, even though it makes my skin crawl). 

I love the smell of a new book, I like the feeling of breaking the spine when I am reading it - I know that is going to freak some of you out, us book lovers tend to fall into two categories. Spine breakers and spine savers. I can't see the point of having a book if it doesn't look like you have read it.

So given all of the above, which novel can I do...?
Then it came to me in a moment of retro genius. 
From a time of mix tapes and records it was published in 1995, but with a 1985 feel.
The film was great and considering it was an British book, the American's didn't kill it and John Cusack was fab.

John Cusack


Sorry momentarily lost focus again the photo.

Because it is a really well written book.
It takes me to a time in my life when I was having an amazing time.
And it's all angsty and indie. And I love boys who love music. 

And I love the opening lines...

'My desert-island, all time, top five most memorable split-ups, in chronological order....'

You know where you are with an opening line like that.

PS - It is a year today I started blogging - I did a Meme for Tara
And here I am a year on, 92 posts later, doing the Gallery that Tara invented, but which I do for me, along with all my other posts.
Thanks Tara.


  1. Love it! I love High Fidelity, and Nick Hornby. And thought the film was a great interpretation!

    P.S I'm a spine breaker too


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