Tag Archive: book review

Enid Blyton, a split lip, and the Reformation

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When I was five years old and waiting at the bus stop after school, a bigger boy called Simon (names have not been changed to protect the innocent as he was proper guilty)… Continue reading

Amanda Craig ‘The Lie of the Land’

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Amanda Craig’s The Lie of The Land was last month’s book group read. I must admit, the initial premise of the novel – London-based Lottie and Quentin Bredon postponing their divorce and downsizing… Continue reading

In celebration of British summertime, my thoughts on ‘Winter’ by Ali Smith.

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They say timing is everything, and so it is that after the balmiest weather we’ve had in the UK for a long time, I’ve finally got around to write about Winter by Ali… Continue reading

View (of the weeds) over the top of my book.

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Firstly, in my defence, I can’t mow my lawn as it’s about half an acre and has relief-map worthy pot holes, bits where old troughs have been dug out, fallen trees, the lot.… Continue reading

Mojo Risin’

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Periodically I write a post brimming with good intentions about my latest attempt to resuscitate my inner runner. I used to love running. I’ve never been very good at it – shuffling would… Continue reading

A short review for a short book

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Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates is a book so clearly full of influences, and yet as it is based on plagiarism, it’s gone all the way back round to being original. I… Continue reading

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman

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I chanced on a copy of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine in a charity shop a couple of weeks ago and found myself conflicted. I know you shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but… Continue reading

Meadowland and Brambly Mice

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  Meadowland taught me the meadow ants can live up to TWENTY YEARS. That’s longer than a lot of things. You could have three Great Danes in that time, if you found yourself… Continue reading

Behold! A rushed post.

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So, why post at all? Because otherwise, like going to the gym and keeping up my vehicle’s main-dealer service record, blogging will become something I used to do regularly, got out of the… Continue reading

#1977Club ” There was something to be said for tea and a comfortable chat about crematoria”.

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I’ve been so disorganised lately, so it’s completely miraculous that I’ve managed to not only read a book in time for #1977 Club hosted by Kaggsy (Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings) and Simon (Stuck in… Continue reading