Blog Tour: Brando’s Bride by Sarah Broughton

Welcome to the first stop on the Brando’s Bride blog tour! It’s only fitting that this tour kicks off on a significant day; it was on October 11th 1957 that Marlon Brando and Anna Kashfi – the bride of the title – got married. If that wasn’t serendipitous enough, Anna Kashfi was the stage name […]

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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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Audiobook Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Opening sentence: “When I was a kid, my aspirations were simple.” What a fantastic glimpse into an incredible life this was. Becoming is Michelle Obama’s autobiography, told chronologically from her childhood through to her years as First Lady of the United States of America: 2009 – 2017. As Michelle puts it: “I’m an ordinary person, […]

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Review: My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen

Opening sentence: “First, a few facts.” I don’t read that many celebrity biographies and only reserved this at the library on a whim as the few parts from it that had been talked about in the press had piqued my interest. Even as I opened it and started reading I found myself thinking, ‘Do I […]

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Review: The Mitford Girls

The Mitford Girls by Mary S. Lovell Opening sentence: “Sydney Bowles was fourteen years old when she first set eyes on David Freeman Mitford.” I really can’t tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. When a biography feels like a novel – in its tone, structure, plot development and engrossing story arcs of […]

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Review: Shakespeare – The World as a Stage

Shakespeare – The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson Opening sentence: ‘Before he came into a lot of money in 1839, Richard Plantagent Temple Nugent Chandos Grenville, second Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, led a largely uneventful life.’ On a recent weekend away in Bath with my fiancé, we visited the  Roman Bath Museum, where […]

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