Author Archive

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

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

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

*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

Today will be different

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This isn’t the type of book I’m usually drawn to, but as the library allows us to live dangerously with no financial risk, I gave it a go, and am glad I did.… Continue reading

Camping out with Goethe and Luther

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I love an impromptu weekend at a £12-a-night campsite in the Highlands, but I don’t love the obligatory two hours of mother-daughter bickering punctuated by cries of ‘Not that left, the other left!’… Continue reading

If only I could hang wallpaper…

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So, I was in the library and I saw a book with a flapper on the front, standing in a room with greeny-blue wallpaper with a bird detail that I would like for… Continue reading

Reading Round-up (alfresco edition)

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It’s been an odd week, the awfulness of the news occasionally escaped with big doses of nostalgia and, well,  escapism. I’ve been redecorating, and just giving in and going with my previously-restrained urge… Continue reading

Whiskers on roses and mittens on kittens

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Oh lordy, what a week. It’s been hard to really get into a book for long with all the sad news coverage, political propaganda, and the tangerine twonk’s antics across the pond. However,… Continue reading