Review: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Opening sentence: “So I am fifty-two years old.” Wishful Drinking was late actress Carrie Fisher’s first memoir (she followed it up in 2011 with Shockaholic and in 2016 with The Princess Diarist) and in this snappy little biography (the book version of her one-woman 2008-2010 stage show of the same name), Carrie reveals her thoughts […]

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Review: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

Opening sentence: “My publishers remain very keen that neither they nor I go to prison as a result of my books.” For my festive read last year I went classic, reviewing Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie. For 2019 I’ve gone for something a little more contemporary, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay. […]

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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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Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Opening sentence: ‘The windows of a spaceship casually frame miracles.’ With this evocative opening sentence, Chris Hadfield begins his unique story. He was an astronaut for 21 years and has been into space three times; the final time for five months aboard the International Space Station, starting in December 2012. Space travel is something that […]

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Review: Educated by Tara Westover

Opening sentence: “I’m standing on the red railway car that sits abandoned next to the barn.” Educated is a new type of read for me: It’s the first time I’ve picked up a biography of someone I didn’t know (read: not a celeb.) I’d never heard of Tara Westover before, but her story is fascinating. Recommended […]

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Review: Eat, Drink, Run by Bryony Gordon

Opening sentence: “I never thought I was a runner.” I finished reading Eat, Drink, Run last Sunday on the day of the London marathon and seeing as how it’s all about Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon’s experience running that very race for the first time, that seemed quite serendipitous. (Perhaps randomly as a non-runner, this is […]

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Top 5: Summer Reads

When this heatwave started, I assumed we were looking at four days of warm weather – a week max. Six weeks later, and with no drop of rain on the horizon (at least not here in London) maybe we can just call it summer? How novel. One thing I have found is the warm, bright […]

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