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Tales from the Secret Annexe, by Anne Frank

Second paragraph of third story ("Eve's Dream"):
"Same to you, Mum."
Quite a short book of the brief stories written by Anne Frank while in hiding, bulked out a little by prose set-pieces from her diary. To be honest they are more interesting as further enlightenment about the state of mind of the writer than as literature in themselves; not very surprisingly, the themes of being enclosed or trapped, and parental and family relations, recur in most of the pieces. Still, I doubt if my own scribblings at the age of fourteen or fifteen would stand up to scrutiny as these do.

This hit three of my lists simultaneously: top unread book acquired last year, top unread book by a woman, and top unread non-genre fiction book. Next in each of those lists, respectively, are A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay; Merchanters Luck, by C.J. Cherryh; and The Beggar Maid, by Alice Munro.

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