Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dodger: Terry Pratchett AND London- the Secret History of our Streets

I enjoy stories that take a well known story and change the angle, like Wicked versus The Wizard of Oz. Dodger lives in a Victorian slum in London, with a marvellous character called Solomon Cohen- but the story is most … Continue reading

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Sacred Ground: Moslems in America and Afghanistan

“This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land…” This is the song of Muslim Americans as much as Christian or Jewish or Sikh or Hindu- americans. We are all immigrants. Eboo Patel is one of the young American … Continue reading

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The Snow Child: Eowyn Ivey

This is a first novel by an Alaskan native, and was new in the library this week. To live in Alaska, you have to come to terms with cold, dark and snow. Not me. But it is good to read … Continue reading

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Nineteen Minutes/ Amish Grace

I rarely get into a book without finishing it- a page or two tells me whether I want to read   it. This book, Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult (a writer I enjoy) was too much for me: it deals … Continue reading

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Life below stairs – then and now

Life Below Stairs. Two at least of my close relatives worked in service in Edwardian houses, like the subjects of this book by Alison Maloney. My paternal grandfather was a chauffeur in the first generation where chauffeurs began to replace … Continue reading

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