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If you like Isabel Dalhousie’s gentle approach to solving mysteries, you will probably also enjoy Varg ­– Alexander McCall Smith’s Swedish detective, who works for the Sensitive Crimes division of the police. Like Isabel, he spends a lot of time in his…
In this review of ‘The Other Bennet Sister’ by Janice Hadlow I have reflected on the plot, so you may not want to read this before reading the actual book … This new angle on Pride and Prejudice looks at the events…
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Longbourn … reading about the servants’ impoverished lives behind the scenes didn’t immediately grip me, but by the second chapter I was hooked. There’s -something about the grittiness of the writing. Jo Baker…
Miss Benson’s Beetle is a weird and joyous journey to the other side of the world in search of a beetle on the surface, but actually about finding out how to be a true expression of yourself. To shuck off other people’s…
I read somewhere that the things you were naturally doing when you were ten are a true expression of what you love to do — before the need to be sensible by getting an education and finding a job shapes what you…
This blog is for anyone who has felt the urge to write a blog but has been put off by questions such as 'what's the point?' and 'who would read it anyway?' Here's a summary of my journey to answer these questions…
Here's the Little Book of Memories I put together for Mum for her 80th birthday on 14 August 2019. My friend Denise Tombs (a graphic designer) made it into this printed booklet for me. Here's the text inside the booklet. Crafts…
Boy Swallows Universe, by Trent Dalton, smashes down preconceptions about what it’s like to grow up in a household with a convicted murderer as your babysitter, a mother who is a heroin addict until she isn’t, and a father who apparently tried…
I love working from home, but it does have its own challenges in terms of staying on track. Here are some tools (or methods) I use that might also be useful to you, if you also work from home. Next steps…
'Scented' is an exploration of who a person is when they lose the security and status associated with professional work ... her central character, Sian, goes from being a university professor of American Studies, appreciated for her research and her teaching skills,…