Just rewards and guilty Secrets

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Last week I took the children for a day trip to Tenby. It was just about warm enough to lark about on the beach, and we even had a bracing dip in the… Continue reading

David Copperfield #4 – The ends of Yule logs are bad for you, and surely Em’ly is just Emily?

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We know that David’s old school friend, Steerforth is a bad ‘un straight away, in spite of David’s hero worship. When they meet at school Steerforth ‘helps’ David to spend his money on… Continue reading

Ashes to ashes: Ragnar Jonasson’s ‘Black Out’

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I discovered Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series (translated into English by Quentin Bates) earlier this year. Frustrated by the lack of winter snow here in grey, wet, West Wales, I revelled in the… Continue reading

‘Excuse me, your skirt is tucked into your knickers’

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If you are going to correct someone, or give them a notification they may find embarrassing but would rather than than not, the above statement is a good example. But ‘Excuse me, I… Continue reading

‘If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, Who you gonna call? (ghostbusters)’

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Sarah Waters is an author whose novels I love so much I have to ration them, so that I’m never without one in the wings. As it’d been several years since I’d read The… Continue reading

The Haunting Of Hill House

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We know the big problem with horrors is this — why do people stay? Run, you fools! And that is why The Haunting of Hill House is great, as people have come specifically… Continue reading

We are stardust, we are golden, we are in a muddy field in Wales.

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A number of bloggers have asked me about the cryptic ‘off in a field, back soon’ messages at the foot of my recent blog posts. So, I thought I’d elaborate on the annual… Continue reading

I love, love, love the history section in Waterstones.

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All those big paving slabs with fine art prints of Catherine the Great, Ceasar, Stalin and Shakespeare on the front. Bliss. Where else would all those people be hanging out together, but upon… Continue reading

#AW80Books – Slim, quirky and intoxicating – Amelie Nothomb’s ‘Petronille’

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Pétronille by Amélie Nothomb (2014, translation by Alison Anderson) was this month’s reading  choice for my book group. While her parents are Belgian, Nothomb was born in Japan but currently lives in Paris.… Continue reading

Don’t go into the light!

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WhoohooohoooOOooo. Ghosts. I recently felt in the mood for some paranormal bedtime reads, and so got these three. Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting Of Hill House and Tiffany Murray’s Sugar Hall were both recommended… Continue reading