Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Opening sentence: “The King stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored.” I’m just going to start this review by saying: You need to read this book. It’s the first novel in a while that’s had such a visceral effect on me. It’s brilliant. Station Eleven is a dystopian novel but not like any you’ve read […]

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What I’m Reading – WWW Wednesday: 18th September 2019

Welcome to September’s WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme (I do it monthly though) hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. If you’re curious about what other people are reading right now too, join in! All you have to do is answer the three bookish questions below and pop your blog link on Sam’s […]

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My Author Birthday Sandwich

Yes, quite the intriguing blog title, isn’t it? What I actually mean by it is that my birthday (today: 14th September – Happy Birthday to me!) happens to fall right in the middle of the birthdays of two of my favourite authors. I mean, what are the chances? Let me explain… On September 13th 1916, […]

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Review: Boy by Roald Dahl

Opening sentence: “An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.” As today would have been Roald Dahl’s 103rd birthday and it is officially Roald Dahl Day, I thought I’d share my review of his charming memoir, Boy: Tales of Childhood. […]

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Audiobook Review: The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

What an exquisitely written book! Author Sarah Krasnostein spent four years getting to know Sandra Pankhurst and then wrote The Trauma Cleaner, a biographical account of Sandra’s life that tells her extraordinary story. Born as Peter Collins, Sandra was adopted as a baby, but then treated terribly by her adoptive family. Thrown out of her […]

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Blog Tour: The Last Landlady by Laura Thompson

Opening sentence: “When I think of my grandmother, it is thus: seated on a high stool, her stool, in the negligent but alert position of a nightclub singer.” I have the great honour of kicking off this wonderful blog tour for The Last Landlady by Laura Thompson. This book is sub-titled An English Memoir and […]

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Monthly Review: August 2019

Maybe it was all the sunshine, or a general holiday feel (despite not actually going on holiday) but I took a relaxed – some might even say lazy – approach to my reading this month and, to be honest, it was lovely. Reading when I felt like it rather than being conscious of having to […]

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