Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies

Having started a fascination with the Tudors when reading Wolf Hall last year (see my blog Reading the Tudors) I was looking forward to its sequel Bring…

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Shadow of the Moon

Shadow of the Moon

As holiday reading lying by the pool and on the beach this week in Corfu, Shadow of the Moon by M M Kaye could not be beaten….

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Peaches and chocolate

Peaches and chocolate

Like so many others I was captivated when Chocolat by Joanne Harris came out in 1999. It is a book of the senses, with descriptions of…

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Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin

In terms of writers who’ve made the biggest impression on me and who have inspired me to do something on the basis of reading their…

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Reading the Tudors

Reading the Tudors

I have to admit to having really enjoyed immersing myself in the world of the Tudors in the last year or so. It all started with…

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The Help

The Help

I’m just back from a weekend away which gave me the chance to read a whole book between getting on a train after work on…

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Trilogies, Quartets and Quintets

Trilogies, Quartets and Quintets

There is nothing as enticing as getting stuck into a weighty trilogy, quartet or quintet that you know means immersion in a parallel world for at…

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On the guilty pleasure of reading a trashy book

On the guilty pleasure of reading a trashy book

When it comes to fiction, apart from loving a bit of crime and historical fiction, I like to think that I normally read what’s usually…

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Chronicling everyday life

Chronicling everyday life

After moving in April, I was unpacking boxes of alphabeticalised books (I am a bit too organised shall we say), and I noticed that Anne…

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Addiction to crime fiction

Addiction to crime fiction

Whenever a new volume comes out from one of my favourite crime fiction writers I have to go and buy it immediately. I’ve been addicted…

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