– 170 – just read…

First up, my friend Alexander McCall Smith. This is the first one in the long 44 Scotland Street series and it introduces all the characters and their quirkiness.  It’s a lovely lovely read.  Light hearted, entertaining, lough out loud funny in places and I’m not a laugh out loud person,  in fact I hate funny…

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– 157 – Cheltenham Literature Festival, cont.

… aka ‘the busiest week I’ve ever known… The good thing is that this is the last post about the Literature Festival, the bad thing is that it’s a long one, so I’d suggest you grab a cup of whatever float your boat and get comfortable.  (alternatively you can just switch off now, I won’t…

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– 155 – Cheltenham Literature Festival, cont.

Did I mention to you how much I love this festival?  There are so many interesting talks all the time that it’s hard to choose or not overdo it… Also,  the subjects are so vary that  they make my head spin… I wouldn’t be very good at being a specialist of any kind… I like…

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– 151 – Cheltenham Literature Festival

(Useless fact: I can’t pronounce the word ‘literature’ properly, my tongue gets totally twisted) ANYWAY… the my favourite festival of the whole year is in town and it’s brilliant as usual… If you get the chance do go… even if it’s just to have lunch at the many food trucks or grab a coffee and…

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– 135 – holiday reading

Amongst all the wedding preparations, the ridiculous and unnecessary amount of food, the heat and the sock knitting (more about that at a later stage) I did manage to get my reading mojo back and read three really good books. This first one totally floored me. Mae gets her dream job at ‘The Circle, a…

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– 127 – ‘Abide with me’, by Elizabeth Strout

After the book was published in 2006, Elizabeth Strout said this: “As a storyteller, I don’t think it’s my job to pass judgment on the people whose lives I imagine and record.” I think it totally sums up her writing.  Her amazing capacity to create characters that transcends descriptions because they’re so real and deep…

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– 72 – G is for Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon, author of ‘Outlander’ It was inevitable. Not every book can be amazing and perfect, right? And this one is not awful, I’ve come across far worse, it’s just that I really really struggled to get into the story… so much so that I’d find myself playing sudoku in bed rather than reading and…

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