Monthly Archives: November 2012

Lone Wolf: Jodi Picoult

I am a “dog person”. I have lived with a dog most of my life, all except 10 years of my young adult years, especially if I include my kids’ dogs as part of my personal pack. I have never … Continue reading

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Fiction and the real world:

“…then he went in to do what there was for him to do: dig a grave for the child, and wait with the others for the Liberation.” This is Fantasy/SciFi? The week Gaza has been bombarded and a picture of … Continue reading

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The First Americans: J.M.Adovasio and Jake Page

Last year we were taken to visit the Meadowcroft Rockshelter, near Pittsburgh: little known, but important enough to have re-written the bits of history I picked up long ago. Now, in Pennsylvania, I find a book left at my daughter’s by … Continue reading

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Bring up the Bodies: Hilary Mantel

This has been on my want-to-read list ever since I read its reviews. But I left England before I would have been at the top of the reservation list… and then I walked into the public library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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The Voyage Home.

Our life is a journey we each take and a story which we are constantly telling  ourselves. Our consciousness rebels against a meaningless series of events, tossing us at random and with no purpose or end – “this brief transit … Continue reading

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England as I remember it, thoughts triggered by a Cornish writer’s experiences.

Trevor Lashbrook is a neighbour of my brother and sister-in-law in Cornwall so they have two of his books, and both resonate with my memories, as he is only a couple of years older than  me. We both remember WWII … Continue reading

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