Category Archive: non-fiction

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

Running out of Books about Running

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I have a love/hate relationship with running. I’ve been an on-off runner for nearly two decades, but even though I know it improves the quality of my life in so many ways, I… Continue reading

Hey! Shut your priest hole!

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Here is a round-up of my current non-fiction books. I have just finished Antonia Fraser’s The Gunpowder Plot, and can highly recommend it. She’s nothing if not thorough, without being dry or too… Continue reading

‘Excuse me, your skirt is tucked into your knickers’

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If you are going to correct someone, or give them a notification they may find embarrassing but would rather than than not, the above statement is a good example. But ‘Excuse me, I… Continue reading

I love, love, love the history section in Waterstones.

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All those big paving slabs with fine art prints of Catherine the Great, Ceasar, Stalin and Shakespeare on the front. Bliss. Where else would all those people be hanging out together, but upon… Continue reading