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The Castaways of Disappointment Island.

When I was a child we had a bookcase with books my father had acquired over the years. He had a complete set of Dickens and of H.G. Wells, bought I think as a series, through a newspaper offer. Bookcases … Continue reading

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Three novels: old and new.

While packing, getting ready to return to England, traveling, waiting around, being jet-lagged etc I re-read Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Mr Pip, by a new to me author, Lloyd Jones, re-using the theme of Dickens’ Great Expectations, and Madeleine L’Engle’s A … Continue reading

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Growing old: The Gift of Years

Skip this post if you are still in the first half of life, (unless I am your mum; then, read it.) I’m not in the first half of life, and I am interested in how others see what is happening … Continue reading

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The Bookman’s Tale

This sounds Chaucerian? No, The Bookman’s Tale, by  Charlie Lovett,  is a Shakespearian mystery, tightly plotted, moving between the modern day and Shakespeare’s England. Although it contains a mystery- who is the mystery woman in a portrait the bookman finds, strongly … Continue reading

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The Book. Homo unius libri.

The Book of course is the Bible, even though that is strictly speaking a collection or even a library of very different books. However, I gave a talk today to a Methodist Seniors’ Group about “MY Bible” so here goes, musings … Continue reading

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“The Sun hasn’t fallen from the Sky”

I grew up poor, but in a loving family that coped with what life threw at them. By the 60s I was working in children’s homes in Yorkshire, with children whose parents had not been able to cope. In the … Continue reading

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Women and Mothers

The Secret Life of Bees was the choice this month of my Eureka Book Group. Lily, the main character, has no mother and an abusive father, but she finds healing with a strange group of three sisters, who honour a … Continue reading

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