Opinion: The Thing About Audiobooks

Just as I prefer not to read from a kindle (for me, there is something incomplete about the experience of reading like that, no turning of pages or feeling the weight of the book move from one hand to the other as you read…) I was not drawn to the idea of an audiobook. That is, […]

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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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February Wrap Up / March TBR

I find that if I give myself a set number of books to read per month, then I never hit the target and have a sense of disappointment for not achieving that goal. Over the years, I’ve learnt that I enjoy a far more organic reading process, some months I read 2 books, some months […]

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Review: Inside Vogue

Inside Vogue by Alexandra Schulman Opening sentence: ‘Three nights ago, in a restaurant by the sea, just off a coastal road in Puglia, some children at the long family tables next to ours were playing with their pencil cases, lining up the coloured felt tips in order.’ How strange that the day that I finish […]

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Review: Hurrah for Gin

Hurrah for Gin – A book for perfectly imperfect parents by Katie Kirby Opening sentence: ‘Hello my name is Katie and this is my book, I kind of hate writing introductions because I imagine people cringing when they read them but please bear with me I hope it will get better.’ As well as all […]

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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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