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A lyrical Dystopia

This book is haunting me. The End We Start From, by Megan Hunter. Rarely have I read a story so pregnant with meaning. Within the story – a woman fleeing flood in London (a Climate Change inundation, presumably) -are short quotations … Continue reading

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Rest not in peace: 14th century murder

I walk where Hugh Singleton walked on the streets of Oxford and the castle, where he journeyed frequently as bailiff for the manor of Bampton and as 14th century detective, most recently in Rest Not In Peace. I have worn … Continue reading

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War is hell. On the Home Front too.

My father served in WWII in the RAF, though he spent most of his years there as a navigation instructor, not in combat. He was posted to North Africa. I think that for the rest of his life he missed … Continue reading

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The universality of human experience

Two books have been with me for the last few days; Jhumpa Lahiri’s  Unremembered Earth, and Soy Sauce for Beginners, by a newer writer, Kirstin Chen.  One is by a woman from Singapore’s culture, and the other from India -Bengali … Continue reading

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Also Read

Sometime in the middle of the year I stopped writing a blog entry for each book I read, or nearly all of them. But I continued to list what I have read. So this post is really mostly for me. … Continue reading

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The Unreal and the Real

The Unreal and the Real: Ursula LeGuin- a collection by one of my favourite authors of some of her best stories. To kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee- In my opinion, one of the best novels ever published in the US. … Continue reading

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Walking Forward, Looking Back.

The title of this book sounds like my life! How could I resist? Retired lady with dog, going for walks and thinking about her life. “The white dots of sheep are spread out over the distant fields to the far … Continue reading

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