Category Archive: non-fiction

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

And you thought your family were strange

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Charles Foster is perfectly placed to write this book, as his family are sufficiently open-minded to assist, and I doubt many parents would encourage their child to live in a hole in a… Continue reading

Tidy Eye Candy

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I live my life according to the principle that anything can be sorted by buying a book on it. Well, almost, Paul McKenna has yet to make me thin, but maybe there is… Continue reading

Stammered Songbook: A Mother’s Book Of Hours by Erwin Mortier

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Along with Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, Erwin Mortier’s Stammered Songbook was the reading requirement for last month’s book group. I think you’d struggle to find a more harrowing pair of titles, although at least there… Continue reading

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow.

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As I write this post, I’m waiting for West Ham United’s final kick-off at the Boleyn ground at Upton Park, and I’ll admit I’m feeling a little emotional. Growing up in East Ham,… Continue reading

I Love Seagulls, But I Wouldn’t Want To Be One.

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I spend a lot of time outside. I don’t mean to be melodramatic, but being inside for too long feels like a slow death. Only one of my nostrils works properly (Bell’s Palsy,… Continue reading

Learning is fun!

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If only buying books made us as clever as reading them. If only we could download the contents of books into our minds like software updates, and immediately know stuff about physics and… Continue reading