“All the Leaves are brown……” ‘Autumn’ – Ali Smith

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Autumn is the first of a series of four Seasonal books that Ali Smith has written in response to our post-Brexit world. I don’t know about you, but I find Autumn the most difficult… Continue reading

“One bright day in the last week of February, I was walking in the park, enjoying the threefold luxury of solitude, a book, and pleasant weather.”

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(The above quote is from Agnes Grey, and true for me if February were ‘March’, and pleasant weather were ‘at least it wasn’t not snowing for ten minutes’.) I never thought I’d see the word… Continue reading

Vera Brittain’s ‘Testament of Youth’

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I usually avoid watching a film adaptation of a book until after I’ve read it, but I saw ‘Testament of Youth’ on Netflix before realising it was based on an actual memoir from… Continue reading

…..and another birthday!

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This time, mine! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I’d be able to navigate the snowy country lanes around my house, last Saturday, I spent my birthday at the football with my… Continue reading

Here we go around again : Kate Atkinson’s ‘Life After Life’

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After agonising over what books to take away on my recent holiday to Tenerife (always my favourite packing dilemma!), I decided on Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life. I made the mistake of starting it… Continue reading

A Banff Birthday with Brontës and Butterflies.

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I had a mid-week birthday last week and what with being the only person I know not at work that day, I decided to take myself out. First thing in the morning my… Continue reading

“You decide for yourself when it will hurt” – Per Petterson’s ‘Out Stealing Horses’ #AW80BOOKS

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I can’t remember whose review it was that initially prompted me to buy Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses (2003), but along with the many other rave-review inspired, late night, impulse purchases, it has sat… 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

In bed with Josephine Tey

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As one of my jobs involves working night shifts, I’ve become accustomed to sleeping in the daytime. Working nights is not ideal long term, but I do still get a bit of a… Continue reading

View over the top of my book #27

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My husband is about to start the final placement of his Social Work degree – hooray! The end is in sight, but for the next six months he won’t really be able to… Continue reading