Upbeat-long February 24

Upbeat program

Upbeat is a new City Libraries program in support of positive mental health and wellbeing.

Mischief (Short Stories) – Fay Weldon

I rarely read short stories but intrigued by the interesting cover I found myself immersed in Fay Weldon’s  “Mischief”; devouring one story after another. The stories are witty and a perceptive expose into the psyche of the characters she creates.  I empathized with her female characters as I read the crackling dialogue between men and […]

Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood

Earthly Delights is book one in a new series featuring Corinna Chapman who is a baker and amateur sleuth. The characters are a most unusual group of people who live in an apartment block above the bakery. There are more than one plot lines in this book which makes it more interesting and entertaining.The characters […]


Trash by Andy Mulligan I loved this raw emotional book set in the slums of an unnamed country that could easily be any third world country. It is far removed from the tourist strip and is told through multiple narrators. It follows the lives of 3 dumpsite children, Raphael, Gardo and Rat, as they sort through the […]

knight May 25

Reading journal 3: fantasy fiction – urban, urbane and otherwise

Ah, fantasy fiction. If it’s not your thing you might like to skip this post because I am about to commence wallowing in tales of the supernatural, the fabulous, the enchanted and the arcane. These reviews are for some of the fantasy novels I’ve read so far this year. The longer I delay posting it the more […]

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn by Natalie Gueninger and Sarah Morris. This book by Natalie Gueninger and Sarah Morris gives a wonderful historical account of the places where Anne Boleyn visited during her life-time. Wonderful chateaux in France, stately tudor mansions and beautiful lost palaces and majestic castles which hark back to an earlier […]

leaving time May 23

Leaving Time

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Post by Robyn55. What an exceptional, amazing, remarkable book! Now for all you budding writers out there, I know that over-use of adjectives can be a killer – but what can I say? Perhaps that Jodi Picoult has written a masterpiece… I will leave that up to you to decide. […]

charles May 22

Charles – the heart of a king

Charles : the heart of a king by Catherine Mayer. This is an unauthorised biography of the Prince of Wales, and received both publicity on it’s recent publication and considerable backlash from Clarence House. Perhaps this backlash is what decided me to delve into it’s secrets! In pre-publication interviews, Catherine Mayer clearly showed that she was willing to […]

fit2fat May 21


Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit: the Unexpected Lessons From Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose by Drew Manning with Brad Pierce. This book intrigued me because I felt that it was an example of someone who was willing to ‘walk a mile in someone else’s shoes’, that is, to ‘walk the walk and not […]

Regent’s Park by Paul Rabbitts

Regent’s Park : From Tudor Hunting Ground to the Present by Paul Rabbitts. I have enjoyed reading this wonderful book which tells the story of the development of Regent’s Park over time. This book gives fascinating insights into the decisions of the times and the workings of parliament and local bodies. A majestic park, which […]

alibi May 20

If you like Sue Grafton’s novels, you may like to try…

If you love the private eye mysteries with a woman sleuth written by the popular mystery author Sue Grafton, you might like to try:   Carol Higgins Clark for light, humorous, suspenseful mystery stories Janet Evanovich for a mystery narrated in the first person with a female central character and plenty of ‘smart-mouth’ dialog! Sandra Brown […]


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