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Style over Story

Style over Story

So the season four finale of Sherlock was last night – don’t worry no spoilers here. As to what I made of it? Well, what can I say? On the whole, I enjoyed it, it was a good romp. But…

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Winter magic in book form

Winter magic in book form

Winter Magic curated by Abi Elphinstone Stories by Abi Elphinstone, Amy Alward, Emma Carroll, Berlie Doherty, Jamila Gavin, Michelle Harrison, Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean, Lauren St John, Piers Torday, and Katherine Woodfine. By their very nature, collections of short stories…

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The autobiography of a meadow

The autobiography of a meadow

Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field by John Lewis-Stempel This is essentially an autobiography of a meadow. In some ways I would have liked this story (for it is the story of a year in life of…) to…

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A book to read with the changing seasons

A book to read with the changing seasons

Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons by Melissa Harrison (Editor) Autumn has always been my favourite season – even over and above that of Spring – the quality of the light, the temperature, and the smells of autumn make…

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Adventure on the high seas

Adventure on the high seas

Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome When I originally read the Swallows and Amazons series it was not in chronological order so I am uncertain as to when I read this book. Being a Lowestoft boy (bred not born), I think…

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Disturbing yet brilliant

Disturbing yet brilliant

The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon, #2) by Francesca Haig This is the sequel to the outstanding (if disturbing) Fire Sermon. Unlike a lot of sequels which assume you to have intiminate knowledge of (or have only just read)…

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The adventure that has everything

The adventure that has everything

Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome I remember reading this as a child and loving it even more than the original Swallows and Amazons, maybe because it was even more Titty’s story than the first. When John’s recklassness leads to the sinking…

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My true desert island read

My true desert island read

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome This was the first full-length novel that I read on my own as a boy (much to the disappointment of my Mum) and I have read it periodically ever since. It is, to me,…

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Dark, twisted, and always uncomfortable

Dark, twisted, and always uncomfortable

The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon Mark Haddon writes honest, often uncomfortable, but faultlessly accurate portrayals of how human nature is. This collection of short stories is no different. However anthologies of short stories are by their very nature a…

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From city life to island ways

From city life to island ways

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book – the autobiography of a young woman struggling to overcome her alcholism. Within the first few pages I was proved wrong. This is a…

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An amuse-bouche to Rex Whistler’s life and work

An amuse-bouche to Rex Whistler's life and work

Family, Friendships, Landscapes: Rex Whistler: Inspiration by Hugh Cecil This small book is an amuse-bouche to Hugh and Mirabel Cecil’s 2012 book, In Search of Rex Whistler, the publication of which coincided with a fantastic exhibition at the Salisbury Museum…

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Who doesn’t like a Goth Fairy?!

Jess the Goth Fairy by Jess Hiles, Jo Allmond, Emily Daly (Illustrations) I was priviledged to sit on a panel discussing ‘difference’ in fiction at the Hawkesbury Upton with the authors of this book, Jess Hiles and Jo Allmond, and…

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