Category Archive: non-fiction

Enid Blyton, a split lip, and the Reformation

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When I was five years old and waiting at the bus stop after school, a bigger boy called Simon (names have not been changed to protect the innocent as he was proper guilty)… Continue reading

Mojo Risin’

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Periodically I write a post brimming with good intentions about my latest attempt to resuscitate my inner runner. I used to love running. I’ve never been very good at it – shuffling would… Continue reading

Meadowland and Brambly Mice

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  Meadowland taught me the meadow ants can live up to TWENTY YEARS. That’s longer than a lot of things. You could have three Great Danes in that time, if you found yourself… Continue reading

My Desert Island Book

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I’ve been finding it hard to read. The news of impending redundancy has made me a jittery, C.V-redrafting, cake-seeking missile of worry. Full panic has yet to take over as I have lots… Continue reading

I’ve played my first joker and it’s not even for fiction!

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Five months into my 2017 challenge of buying no new books during the year, and I’ve just used my first of three emergency lifelines. As it turns out, it’s not even a work of… Continue reading

I never thought I’d need to do homework to get through a novel. It’s a good job I like history.

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I remember people complaining about Wolf Hall, saying it was hard to read. However, I’ve read a lot of Tudor non-fiction, watched all the documentaries with both the bright young faces of BBC… Continue reading

It’s raining books!

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…Hallelujah! It’s raining books,  hallelujah! I’m gonna go out, I’m gonna let myself get, seriously bruised and possibly concuuusssssed!!*   *Yeah, it falls apart there.  There’s no umbrella strong enough to handle a… Continue reading

Plague, (yes!), War (whoo!) and Hellfire (bonanza!)

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In the western world, never before has the timing of our death been so often negotiable. Unless something very catastrophic happens, a person is quite justified in thinking a threatened end is maybe… Continue reading

The Book of my Dreams Is Coming!

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes the news of a forthcoming publication has me thinking ‘Ooo – interesting!’ before searching down the side of the sofa for a pencil to note down… Continue reading

Chalcot Crescent and seductive books

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I wish library books had blank pages in the back to leave little messages to each other. Reviews, notes, secrets, it would be great! I am hitting up my local library more these… Continue reading