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The Tale of Genji
Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler
She Rises
Kate Worsley
Starter For Ten - David Nicholls A funny, entertaining light read set during the 1980's in Bristol university. It follows the trials and tribulations of Brian, a working class lad from Essex trying to fit in at university where there are loads of different people from all types of background.

His big ambition is to appear on University Challenge (BBC quiz show) and somehow, he winds up on the team - mostly through luck. He forms an infatuation with a girl, acts like a bit of a prat and comedy ensues.

I like these romcoms written by men - they're light and funny and a good way to spend a quiet afternoon or evening. I see these kind of books as the male equivalent of insipid chicklit - only better.

The movie also, staring the ever so handsome James McAvoy, is very good and not too far away from the book.