Not A Real Avery

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne follows the life of Cyril Avery (not a real Avery, you understand), who is adopted by way of a hunchback redemptorist nun. I didn't judge this book by its cover, but by its title. It's a bit fancy and a bit inspirational at the same time. The blurb hooked me... Continue Reading →

Things A Bright Girl Can Do, Sally Nicholls

Disclosure: I think I bought this when I was drunk. Amazon is sneaky like that.  I must have been drawn to it for some reason, but it's not my usual fayre. Suffragettes, London, wartime, feminism... I do always like it when a book's chapters are split into the different characters, so you get a different... Continue Reading →

The Humans, Matt Haig

Acquired at Lytham Hall for 50p. The blurb was intriguing so I went with it as I loitered outside the loos. It's lovely. It made me think. It made me laugh. Read it. Just for for the list of life advice near the end. Even if you think, 'Aliens? Really?' Yes. Really. Read it. See... Continue Reading →

The Art of Looming

Maybe it's because they're so vast, or as Terry Pratchett would say - they've perfected the art of looming - but mountains make me feel so calm. Tiny, safe, insignificicant...but in a good way. Bear with me. The universe is so huge, and you are a tiny fleeting part of it. Really, you might as... Continue Reading →

Soldier Boys and Luncheon

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie ♦♦♦◊◊ I normally associate Agatha Christie with Poirot, endless cups of tea and digestives, the refrain ‘I’m sure this was on yesterday’ and a beautiful woman who was taken too soon, or Dr. Who and a huge alien wasp. I recently admitted I’d never actually read any of... Continue Reading →

‘Henna party’ memories

This picture took me back to one of the most random and wonderful experiences I had in Qatar. Through working with and getting to know a local family, I ended up being invited to a huge Qatari wedding. It was an incredible experience, which I was so thankful to be included in. Two days before,... Continue Reading →

I have become aware that this problem demands an alternative solution…

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden, Jonas Jonasson Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ There are too many funny and wonderful quotes to be found in this novel by Jonas Jonasson. The whole book grabbed me from the very first sentence. I don't want to ruin the plot, although at times it's too ridiculous to be believed anyway!... Continue Reading →

A Weeping Willow, A Narcissistic Mother, And Mysterious Pottery…

In The Light Of The Garden, Helen Burch. Two people recovering from the barrage of life. Mysterious pottery orders. A majestic but slightly sinister Weeping Willow tree. A touch of magic. I loved the phrasing and description in so much of this story. From the first page I felt swept into it, one of those... Continue Reading →

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