Reading on the Road

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The last few weeks have been a blur. I spent a couple of character-building weeks under canvas running knitting workshops in an arts festival in West Wales. It rained, then it rained some… Continue reading

Ain’t it always the way?

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  Just as my future begins to look bright, dictators start threatening to blow us all up. That’s one of the many aspects of Vera Brittain’s story that chimed with me when I… Continue reading

Jumpers are finished quickly when I’m too stressed to read.

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Ahhhhhhh!!!!! Can’t read! My mind has all the calm of a herd of Tasmanian Devils riding a Waltzer. On the upside, being strung out on nerves and unable to read means I have… Continue reading

Should books come with age classifications like films do?

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Last week I asked my daughter what books she was planning on taking on our camping trip. Agonising over what to read next is one of our most recurrent conversation topics, matched only… Continue reading

New books and a wearable mountain

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I had never heard of Nicola Barker, but a random Tweet led to a Guardian article, and that led to me ordering this book. And like many good second hand books, it came… Continue reading

View over the top of my book #24

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As I’m currently sitting in a field in West Wales, teaching festival-goers to knit, most probably in the miserable pouring rain, I thought I’d look back to sunnier times, namely my recent trip… Continue reading

Raven Reviews

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As a serial poly-reader, I’ve reached a critical level of too-many-bits-of-paper-in-too-many-books, and so this week have been tackling some of the books in the daunting-yet-comforting stack by my bed. Some of these books… Continue reading

Feminism, football and festivals.

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So far, my #20 Books of Summer progress has being thwarted from all sides. First it was Wimbledon. Then, missing Clare Balding’s daily tennis updates, I tuned in on Tuesday night to watch… Continue reading

*Required* to buy books

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Required. Required to purchase books. Get in! That’s up there with being required to purchase Jammie Dodgers. The thing about embalming is it’s not on the list of qualifications that a student loan… Continue reading

The Talented Patricia Highsmith #20 Books of Summer

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Due to my recent trip to Italy, a number of titles in my #20 books of Summer list are connected to Italy in some way. The Talented Mr Ripley is no exception, set mainly… Continue reading