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The Tale of Genji
Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler
She Rises
Kate Worsley
Jane Austen: a life - Claire Tomalin I love Claire Tomalin - the biographer. She writes as if she knows them and you get a feeling of very close intimacy.

There isn't much on Jane Austen but she still takes you into her world and by the end even though she's still a mysterious character - you feel as if you've been there with her.

Her biography of Samuel Pepys is also very good - and the first biography I had ever read. I can't say I'm actually that interested in biographies - most others I've tried reading seem to try very hard to be boring and stodgy. But Tomalin takes you on a beautiful journey.

I would like to read her Hardy one next.