Author Archive

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

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

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

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

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

Playing the Fool in Lake Como with ‘Madame Solario’ #20BooksofSummer

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After reading Heavenali’s glowing review of Madame Solario (1956) by Gladys Huntington recently, I knew I would have to use another of my ‘jokers’ (I’m currently suffering a self-imposed, year-long, book-buying ban, but have a… Continue reading

‘Swing Time’ by Zadie Smith – #20 Books of Summer

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My experience of Zadie Smith’s writing has been extreme. When the world went crazy for her debut, White Teeth (2000), I just didn’t feel the love, but I was persuaded to give Smith another… Continue reading

‘Under the Udala Trees’ Chinelo Okparanta – #20 Books of Summer

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I might only be two books into my #20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge (hosted by Cathy at 746 Books), but I’m currently playing catch up on a week’s holiday in Italy and… Continue reading

‘Wild Strawberries’ and holiday reads.

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We’re two weeks into the #20 Books of Summer reading challenge, and so far I’ve only finished two books. I’m aware that I’ve already fallen behind but I’m not worried as tomorrow I’m… Continue reading

One should always match one’s reading matter with one’s shoes.

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It’s been a ridiculously busy week and I still have no computer – grr! So, rather than churning out a half-baked book review thick with irritating typos I thought I’d be brief and… Continue reading