The Wooden Shepherdess

The Wooden Shepherdess

Last year I read The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes and enjoyed it less than I thought I would (see my blog Wartime…

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Wartime fiction

Wartime fiction

I was very sad to hear earlier this year that one of my favourite authors Umberto Eco (see my previous blog) had died. I still…

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Clementine Churchill

Clementine Churchill

I developed a sudden interest in Clementine Churchill after watching the drama¬†Churchill’s Secret on TV earlier this year. It depicted what I assumed at the…

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Noonday

Noonday

I have always loved reading novels by Pat Barker since I was captivated by the Regeneration trilogy in the 1990s. Since then I’ve read all…

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The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende is¬†a charming book. Set in one of my favourite places, San Francisco, it follows the life of Alma Belasco,…

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Where my heart used to beat

Where my heart used to beat

I always love reading a novel by Sebastian Faulks (see my blog on A Possible Life) so was looking forward to his new one Where…

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The man in the wooden hat

The man in the wooden hat

For my birthday my sister gave me The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam. It’s actually the second in the ‘Old Filth’ trilogy,…

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A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson is one of the best books I have read for years. It is the sequel to Life after…

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Some escapist reading

Some escapist reading

I had a lovely day in a spa with my friend Sarah just before starting my new job in April and she recommended two great…

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A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice

As I embarked on an epic two and a half thousand mile journey overland across Australia from Darwin to Melbourne in December last year and…

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