Thailand reading

Thailand reading

When lounging by the pool in Thailand on holiday in March, recovering from Pilates classes, I read an eclectic set of books. Half of a…

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Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand is a fascinating biography of the life of Sophia Duleep Singh. I started reading it on my flight…

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Black diamonds

Black diamonds

For Christmas my sister gave me, amongst other lovely things,┬áBlack diamonds: the rise and fall of an English dynasty by Catherine Bailey. I only got…

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Hard choices

Hard choices

A couple of weeks ago I finished reading Hard Choices by Hilary Rodham Clinton. Having really enjoyed reading her previous autobiography and her husband’s (see…

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Reading the Nile

Reading the Nile

I’m not long back from the best holiday I’ve ever had – a wonderful Nile Cruise. Having researched what looked like good books to read…

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Amateurs in Eden

Amateurs in Eden

One of my favourite authors is Lawrence Durrell (see my blog on The Alexandria Quartet and The Avignon Quintet) and as well as loving his…

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Agent Zigzag

Agent Zigzag

The last book I read in 2012 was Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre. I bought it on a whim having seen it advertised in the…

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Misery lit

Misery lit

The term ‘misery lit’ has been used to describe the growing genre of autobiographies describing horrific childhoods of poverty and often abuse. I usually avoid…

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The Colonel of Tamarkan

The Colonel of Tamarkan

Back in 2008 I went to Thailand and after doing the usual lovely bits of the backpackers trail my friend Jane and I spent a…

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Being inspired by Bill Clinton

Being inspired by Bill Clinton

Long a fan of the Clintons (see my blog on┬áReading Politics) I was re-inspired by Bill Clinton when watching his speech at the Democratic convention…

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