Author Archive

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

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This month’s book group read was Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I read the slim volume quite a few weeks ago now so I was glad of the discussion in the local pub’s… Continue reading

Proust goes on holiday

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My last post was all about the stress. As we were feeling frazzled, my husband, daughter and I booked flights and Air BnB and headed to Kos for some half term sunshine –… Continue reading

What to do when Blogging Burn-out Strikes? Running, Knitting and Pobol Y Cwm

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I’m fatigued. Blogger burn-out has set in and to be honest, it’s a miracle I’m writing this post at all. I enjoy my job in a homeless hostel, but working night shifts does… Continue reading

The Left Hand of Meh

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Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) is fêted as a feminist Sci Fi masterpiece. It ended up as our Book group choice because it was on one of those lists of… Continue reading

Clothes, Music, Boys, and why Viv Albertine is my new heroine.

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I found this copy of Viv Albertine’s memoir in a charity shop a few months ago. None of the titles in my TBR tower were particularly calling out to me, so I picked… Continue reading

Summer Book Group Reads, Part 2:’The Words in My Hand’ by Guinevere Glasfurd

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I hadn’t come across Guinevere Glasfurd’s The Words in My Hand before it got plucked out of the hat as one of my book group’s Summer read choices. I love that book groups introduce… Continue reading

Summer Book Group Reads, Part 1: ‘Station Eleven’ by Emily St. John Mandel

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My new book group has not had the smoothest of starts. It would be easier to get a dozen cats into baskets and en route to the vet’s than it’s been persuading a… Continue reading

Boats and Beasts.

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We’ve had such a resplendent summer, it felt like it would go on and on. However, the holidays are over, the schools are back and the weather has started to show a distinctly… Continue reading

Messing about on the river

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We’re off on a family barge holiday next week. Keen to leave the tussling for the captaincy of the vessel to my husband, son and daughter, I’m more concerned about what books to… Continue reading

Crime and Pentominoes

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By some strange synchronicity, Lucy (my partner in crime here at Hard Book Habit) and I, have both ended up working night shifts for the council (albeit in different corners of the UK).… Continue reading