New Books and Ice Cream!

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I trip into Narberth a few weeks ago left me with a bumper crop of acquisitions to add to my swelling bookshelves. The Paul Sartori charity shop was having a book clear out,… Continue reading

Death and Pencils (vastly preferable to taxes)

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I love the London Review of Books. It’s always got great essays and the reviews which run to thousands of words are often more like digests, so often I get so much from… Continue reading

The End of a Very English Idyll.

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Despite rationing my reading in order to eek out the experience for as long as possible, I have had to pack my bags, wave my goodbyes, and vacate the once majestic but now… Continue reading

It’s Bookermas Time!

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Booookermas time, mistletoe and wine, (or biscuits and tea, if you’re me) Happy Bookermas everyone! Right now Father Booker is looking at his short list, deciding whose publisher to reward with a spike… Continue reading

What I did when I should have been writing this blog post

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It looked like the rain and grey skies of Autumn had arrived for good, but yesterday the sun returned and cast it’s warm smile across the Preselis. I couldn’t bring myself to stay… Continue reading

Ghosts and book stickers

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My current spooky phase has led me to this wonderful book. If I had read this when I was a kid it could well be one of my favourites ever, but as it… Continue reading

Finally breaking the ‘Deadlock’

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With the summer holidays over, and my daughter having survived her first week of senior school, I have spent this week catching up on my woefully neglected year long challenge of reading Dorothy… Continue reading

Werther’s Sorrows – They’re Uncommonly Good

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I’m going Frankfurt! Home of tall buildings and every kind of convention and show imaginable, from cars to books to tattoos to tractors. I am not lucky enough to be going to a… Continue reading

Zen and the Art of Quantum Mechanics: Ruth Ozeki’s ‘A Tale For The Time Being’ #AW80Books

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It’s not often that I’m lost for words, but I’ve been struggling with how to begin writing about Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being. My mind has been completely blown by it. In… Continue reading

Hey! Shut your priest hole!

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Here is a round-up of my current non-fiction books. I have just finished Antonia Fraser’s The Gunpowder Plot, and can highly recommend it. She’s nothing if not thorough, without being dry or too… Continue reading