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Lord Byron

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Lord Byron

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Lord Byron, the English poet and satirist was born as George Byron in London, in 1788. He spent his early years in Aberdeen with his mother and a devoted nurse who gave him a sound grounding in the scriptures. As he was born with a clubfoot, Byron developed an extreme sensitivity to his lameness and it was this nurse who helped awaken precocious passions in him, when he was only nine-years old.

            In 1798 he inherited the titles and estate of his great-uncle, the ‘wicked’ Lord Byron. In 1801 Byron went to Harrow, and then to Cambridge. He was not an outstanding scholar, but his love for poetry became apparent here. He fell in love with a distant cousin Mary Chaworth, who soon grew tired of “that lame boy”. He began to indulge in grief by writing melancholy poetry; and she became the symbol of idealized and…

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Runner by Patrick Lee

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Runner by Patrick Lee Title: Runner
Author: Patrick Lee
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9781405914994
Genre: Suspense and Thriller, Action and Adventure
Pages: 464
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3/5

Thrillers are not easy to write. There is always the case of what to give away and what to hide and also the fact that the reader, who reads the genre, has had some experience in figuring it all out. Then how does a writer get the reader to turn the pages, without guessing? Is that really possible after a point? Patrick Lee does it with his book “Runner”. I for one could not stop turning the pages. Yes, I know that is what they all say about thrillers, but this one, well for a lack of a better word, is really interesting.

“Runner” is a thriller on-the-road, quite literally so. There is an ex-soldier, Sam Dryden. Then there is a terrified young girl running away from…

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