Category Archive: British And American

Is it a Kind of Dream?

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I might miss how easy it is to score a cultural fix in the city, and the silky smooth tarmac beneath my feet, but at this time of year the countryside wins hands… Continue reading

Amanda Craig ‘The Lie of the Land’

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Amanda Craig’s The Lie of The Land was last month’s book group read. I must admit, the initial premise of the novel – London-based Lottie and Quentin Bredon postponing their divorce and downsizing… Continue reading

In celebration of British summertime, my thoughts on ‘Winter’ by Ali Smith.

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They say timing is everything, and so it is that after the balmiest weather we’ve had in the UK for a long time, I’ve finally got around to write about Winter by Ali… Continue reading

A short review for a short book

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Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates is a book so clearly full of influences, and yet as it is based on plagiarism, it’s gone all the way back round to being original. I… Continue reading

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman

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I chanced on a copy of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine in a charity shop a couple of weeks ago and found myself conflicted. I know you shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but… Continue reading

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

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 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

“One bright day in the last week of February, I was walking in the park, enjoying the threefold luxury of solitude, a book, and pleasant weather.”

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(The above quote is from Agnes Grey, and true for me if February were ‘March’, and pleasant weather were ‘at least it wasn’t not snowing for ten minutes’.) I never thought I’d see the word… Continue reading