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Book 20

  1. Amis, Martin — London Fields (471 pages)
  2. Morpurgo, Michael — War Horse (182 pages)
  3. Winterson, Jeanette — Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (177 pages)
  4. Robinson, Bruce — Paranoia in the Launderette (43 pages)
  5. Carter, Angela — Heroes and Villains (152 pages)
  6. Burroughs, Edgar Rice — A Princess of Mars (209 pages)
  7. Hill, Susan — The Woman in Black (152 pages)
  8. Fowler, Karen Joy — Sarah Canary (293 pages)
  9. Rennison, Nick — 100 Must-Read Prize Winning Novels (174 pages)
  10. Beresford, David — Ten Men Dead (426 pages)
  11. Freedland, Jonathan — Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic (245 pages)
  12. Kierkegaard, Søren — Fear and Trembling (150 pages)
  13. Nothomb, Amélie — Fear and Trembling (132 pages)
  14. Delany, Samuel R. — Babel-17 (194 pages)
  15. Raine, Craig — History: The Home Movie (335 pages)
  16. du Maurier, Daphne — Jamaica Inn (312 pages)
  17. Kurlansky, Mark — The Basque History of the World (361 pages)
  18. Allin, Michael — Zarafa (204 pages)
  19. Cain, James M. — The Postman Always Rings Twice (116 pages)
  20. Brin, David — The Postman (324 pages)
Page count
4652

Honestly, I did not realise I was starting a "postman" theme when I made The Postman my next read after The Postman Always Rings Twice. Pure coincidence. I simply wanted something light, perhaps in a sci-fi genre, with patriotic undertones, as I was going to be reading this while on holiday in Boston during the Fourth of July. I didn't twig the theme till halfway through the novel.

I suppose many people would be put off the book because of the horrible Kevin Costner film adaptation, and that would be a shame. This is a fast-paced and entertaining, yet intelligent and sensitively written, novel. Ultimately, it's about the power of imagination and hope over brute strength, and about how humanity triumphs over dehumanizing elements in this post-apocalyptic (and, by extension, in our) world.

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