Author Archive

See what I have done – Sarah Schmidt

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After years of procrastination, last month I finally got my act together and started a book group. I rallied a few friends, set a date and picked a book from the Women’s prize… Continue reading

#1977Club ” There was something to be said for tea and a comfortable chat about crematoria”.

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I’ve been so disorganised lately, so it’s completely miraculous that I’ve managed to not only read a book in time for #1977 Club hosted by Kaggsy (Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings) and Simon (Stuck in… Continue reading

New books and first world problems

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I popped into Cardigan’s Oxfam last week and took a chance on a clutch of novels I have mixed feelings about. I immediately hear alarm bells when I spot rave reviews from The… Continue reading

A Pastoral Symphony: Rachel Malik’s Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves

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Having recently read and enjoyed Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life and Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth – two powerful but very different books about life during wartime, my interest was piqued by Heavenali’s review of Rachel… Continue reading

“All things change – nothing perishes” Sjon – ‘The Blue Fox’

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Sjon’s highly acclaimed The Blue Fox (2004) begins with Baldur Skuggason, an Icelandic priest, in keen pursuit of a rare blue fox. I must admit, my heart initially sank as I started reading, as I… Continue reading

“All the Leaves are brown……” ‘Autumn’ – Ali Smith

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Autumn is the first of a series of four Seasonal books that Ali Smith has written in response to our post-Brexit world. I don’t know about you, but I find Autumn the most difficult… Continue reading

Vera Brittain’s ‘Testament of Youth’

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I usually avoid watching a film adaptation of a book until after I’ve read it, but I saw ‘Testament of Youth’ on Netflix before realising it was based on an actual memoir from… Continue reading

…..and another birthday!

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This time, mine! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I’d be able to navigate the snowy country lanes around my house, last Saturday, I spent my birthday at the football with my… Continue reading

Here we go around again : Kate Atkinson’s ‘Life After Life’

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After agonising over what books to take away on my recent holiday to Tenerife (always my favourite packing dilemma!), I decided on Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life. I made the mistake of starting it… Continue reading

“You decide for yourself when it will hurt” – Per Petterson’s ‘Out Stealing Horses’ #AW80BOOKS

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I can’t remember whose review it was that initially prompted me to buy Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses (2003), but along with the many other rave-review inspired, late night, impulse purchases, it has sat… Continue reading