Today will be different

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This isn’t the type of book I’m usually drawn to, but as the library allows us to live dangerously with no financial risk, I gave it a go, and am glad I did.… Continue reading

Playing the Fool in Lake Como with ‘Madame Solario’ #20BooksofSummer

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After reading Heavenali’s glowing review of Madame Solario (1956) by Gladys Huntington recently, I knew I would have to use another of my ‘jokers’ (I’m currently suffering a self-imposed, year-long, book-buying ban, but have a… Continue reading

Camping out with Goethe and Luther

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I love an impromptu weekend at a £12-a-night campsite in the Highlands, but I don’t love the obligatory two hours of mother-daughter bickering punctuated by cries of ‘Not that left, the other left!’… Continue reading

‘Swing Time’ by Zadie Smith – #20 Books of Summer

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My experience of Zadie Smith’s writing has been extreme. When the world went crazy for her debut, White Teeth (2000), I just didn’t feel the love, but I was persuaded to give Smith another… Continue reading

If only I could hang wallpaper…

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So, I was in the library and I saw a book with a flapper on the front, standing in a room with greeny-blue wallpaper with a bird detail that I would like for… Continue reading

‘Under the Udala Trees’ Chinelo Okparanta – #20 Books of Summer

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I might only be two books into my #20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge (hosted by Cathy at 746 Books), but I’m currently playing catch up on a week’s holiday in Italy and… Continue reading

Reading Round-up (alfresco edition)

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It’s been an odd week, the awfulness of the news occasionally escaped with big doses of nostalgia and, well,  escapism. I’ve been redecorating, and just giving in and going with my previously-restrained urge… Continue reading

‘Wild Strawberries’ and holiday reads.

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We’re two weeks into the #20 Books of Summer reading challenge, and so far I’ve only finished two books. I’m aware that I’ve already fallen behind but I’m not worried as tomorrow I’m… Continue reading

One should always match one’s reading matter with one’s shoes.

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It’s been a ridiculously busy week and I still have no computer – grr! So, rather than churning out a half-baked book review thick with irritating typos I thought I’d be brief and… Continue reading

Whiskers on roses and mittens on kittens

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Oh lordy, what a week. It’s been hard to really get into a book for long with all the sad news coverage, political propaganda, and the tangerine twonk’s antics across the pond. However,… Continue reading