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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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The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker

Pat Barker takes us to the end days of the Trojan war, with a re-telling from the point of view of the women there. This is the story of Briseis, and through her, all the women caught up in wars … Continue reading

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Home – Amanda Berriman – book review

is four. She’s bright, she notices things, and she’s learning about the world. This is her story, told by her, but it’s also a story about her mum, who’s struggling to deal with chronic poverty, really inappropriate housing, and bringing … Continue reading

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The French Girl – Lexie Elliot

I really enjoyed this. It starts from a situation we all recognise – not necessarily that holiday, but the blurred boundaries of friendship and sex/romance that happen in young friendship groups. It plays out through entirely believable character development. It’s … Continue reading

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The Hourglass – Liz Heron – review

  I liked this. For a start: Venice. Beautifully captured. What else? This is a very feminine take on the immortality problem. Even though it’s about a woman who has lived for 300 years, it’s not all as great as … Continue reading

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Our Kind of Cruelty – Araminta Hall

I have just gulped this book down. It’s excellently done. I am a mental health professional, and sometimes I don’t quite buy the psychology of characters in books, but I absolutely believed in Mike, his experiences, and his responses to … Continue reading

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Dear Mrs Bird – A J Pearce

This is set in WW2, and is about a young woman who wants to be a Lady War Correspondent, but ends up working on a women’s magazine under the most unsympathetic agony aunt ever. The voice is fantastic. I am … Continue reading

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Everything I know about love – Dolly Alderton

First of all, this is a great book to read. I’m in my early 50s, so this is not my era at all, but I was so powerfully reminded of my late teens, early 20s, when it was OK to … Continue reading

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