Author Archive

Voices and Balconies – the last of the Nordic Noir.

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It’s the time of the year when, on opening the back door to let the sunshine in, it’s not uncommon to find a stray sheep or two grazing on our lawn. Spring has… Continue reading

Life after books – what do you do?

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I’ve recently started working as a part-time warden in a homeless hostel. When it’s quiet, I can’t really read – tempting a prospect as that might be, as I have to keep half… Continue reading

‘Rupture’ by Ragnar Jonasson – Watch out, it’s contagious!

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If you’ve read my reviews of Snow Blind, Night Blind and Black Out you’ll know that if anything was going to test my book-buying ban, Rupture (translated by Quentin Bates), the latest edition of Ragnar Jónasson’s… Continue reading

Knausgaard vs Battenberg: it’s too close to call.

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It was my birthday last week, and as well as having a fabulous time and being spoiled rotten, some of my presents were books – woohoo! The best thing about being bought books… Continue reading

#AW80Books – When half of a quiet American isn’t quite enough

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I’ve been meaning to break my Graham Greene duck for a long time so I was delighted when The Quiet American was picked as my bookgroup’s book choice for last month. Also, it gives… Continue reading

Where are you hiding, Umberto Eco?

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Much as I’m currently enjoying my foray into Nordic Noir, I’m starting to think ahead and plan my reading for the next few months. I’ll be heading off to a family wedding in… Continue reading

#AW80Books: ‘The Man Who Went Up in Smoke’ by Sjowall & Wahloo

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It’s been a while since I read the first novel by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Roseanna, and as I’ve abandoned myself to my current craving for crime, I thought I’d dig out the… Continue reading

Should I go on a Reading Diet?

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At New Year I frantically scribbled lists of possible books I might read over the course of the year. I tried to include a variety and left plenty of room for random choices,… Continue reading

Fed up of no snow? Try some Ice with a Slice (of family dysfunction).

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As the nights draws in each year, weather predictions start to appear about the forthcoming winter. The next one is always going to be ‘the big one’ with projections of record-breaking snowfall, plummeting… Continue reading

Writing about writing – Rachel Cusk’s ‘Outline’

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In order to alleviate unnecessary head-scratching and present-buying anxiety, a month or so before Christmas and my birthday, I start to leave heavy hints with my husband about the books I’d be eternally… Continue reading