I am reading The Luminaries and I am 41% in. I am not sure exactly what that is in old money but it is a few hundred pages. Let's face it, if I had been asked to read the book the situation would have been quite hopeless because I would have taken one look at the size and politely declined. With a kindle you don't think about how long it is... unless it is The Luminaries... in which case there is a point at which you hit the wall and I am there right now. Will I ever finish this book? Please don't misunderstand me - I can recognise a Man Booker prize winner as quickly as the next person: heavy duty writing with tight plotting, deft characterisation, a dramatic sense of place etc etc. I think that the secret is to immerse yourself in the gloom and the mud and the corruption and suspicion and just keep plodding on. Do not, under any circumstances, look up from the page, do not think of the other novels waiting for your attention, characters frolicking in the sunshine anxious to entertain you, because if you do you are doomed. Can I do it? I need you to cheer me on, make me believe I can get to the finish line. Perhaps I should stock up on jelly babies - apparently they are the perfect energy food for long distance readers. I must not look at Wikipedia for the plot summary - I must not - I am not that weak. Am I?