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There’s a party in my eyeballs and everyone’s invited

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Nurse! We need 200 cc of escapist reading, stat! The last month has been a month and half, with a poorly daughter and my nearest hospital about 50 miles away, my days have… Continue reading

There’s a bat in mi belfry what I-I’m gonna do –

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– there’s a bat in mi belfry what I-I’m gonna do, I’m gonna fix that bat* that’s what I’m gonna do, I’m gonna fix that bat. *by fix I don’t mean kill, I… Continue reading

Witches, Hyacinth Bucket and Chalky Aliens

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  OMG I forgot to update you about the chalky Darlek! So just before Christmas my mum tells me she’s got me something that she now thinks I won’t like, but do I… Continue reading

Murder In The dark

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Murder by Matchlight is one of the British Library Crime Classics I asked for this Christmas, as at about £6 each and of a reliable standard of criminal cosiness, they don’t disappoint, or… Continue reading

Happy New Year, Happy New Books!

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Happy New Year! In shocking news, I’m breaking with my own traditions this January by not making any resolutions. Nope, not a single one. As the world hurtles towards oblivion, it feels pointless… Continue reading

80% Cat, 20% Book

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I have just finished C. J. Sansom’s Tombland, 800-odd pages of social rebellion and murder, Tudor-style. Sansom’s Shardlake series are always well-researched page turners, but if you’ve not read any before you wouldn’t… Continue reading

Christmas presents…for me!

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So, my mum rings me up – Mum: I ordered you this thing online, it looked ceramic but now it’s here it seems powdery and cheap. Do you still want it? Me: Err,… Continue reading

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

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This month’s book group read was Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I read the slim volume quite a few weeks ago now so I was glad of the discussion in the local pub’s… Continue reading

The Hoarder

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When I was a kid I assumed ‘munging’ (soft g, like the bean) was a thing every family did. I thought the act of going to an elderly relative’s house and going through… Continue reading

Proust goes on holiday

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My last post was all about the stress. As we were feeling frazzled, my husband, daughter and I booked flights and Air BnB and headed to Kos for some half term sunshine –… Continue reading