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Book Review – The Ministry for the Future – Kim Stanley Robinson

This is a big book, physically and content-wise: it’s not often I read a book and come away with a list of things I want to look up and find out more about, but this book did that for me. … Continue reading

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Book review – A Room Made of Leaves – Kate Grenville

I love Kate Grenville’s work anyway, so it was a massive treat to get a copy of this from NetGalley. Thank you. This is the story of the early days of the wool industry in Australia. Very, very early – … Continue reading

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Being Mortal – Atul Gawande

I got this book through the Mystery Book Club.  The Mystery Book Club sends out a mystery book every month. It says it comes beautifully packaged – and it does. It was such a treat to receive. This is a … Continue reading

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Classics Challenge

I’m enjoying reading new authors at the moment, but I don’t want to neglect the classics! I thought I’d do the Books and Chocolate (I know) Classics Challenge. here’s my list: 1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between … Continue reading

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Wintering – Katherine May – book review

Thank you to NetGalley for letting me read this book. I’m so glad I did. How to describe it? It’s a series of linked essays, alongside a personal story. It looks at different aspects of winter – darkness, cold, hibernation, … Continue reading

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The Conviction of Cora Burns -Carolyn Kirby – book review

Who is Cora Burns? Motherless, fatherless, brought up in an institution, deprived of love, Cora hasn’t had a great start in life, but there’s something in her that keeps on going – and she’s smart. She’s not always good, she’s … Continue reading

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Sunshine – Kim Kelly – book review

Sunshine by Kim Kelly My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read this through the Pigeonhole, so thank you to them. I loved this book. It’s set in Australia, just after the first world war, when ex-soldiers were given the … Continue reading

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In at the Deep End – Kate Davies – book review

I read this through the Pigeonhole, so it came in staves. It’s a great way of reading – slows me down a bit. It also means I’ll take a chance on a book I might not normally choose – like … Continue reading

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Time’s Fool – Alys Earl – Book Review

Time’s Fool by Alys Earl My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this book through the Pigeonhole, so thank you to them. This is a tricky review to write, because I don’t want to spoil the creeping realisation that … Continue reading

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Joyful – Ingrid Fetell Lee – review

I’ve read a lot of books about positive thinking. I live with cancer, and it’s one of the things you are supposed to do: be positive. I don’t know how many people have told me that. It’s a present day … Continue reading

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