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The Last Duchess

The Last Duchess by Jenny Barden. Post by Sandra Taylor. The Last Duchess by Jenny Barden is a wonderful descriptive novel of early tudor England and the very different conditions encountered by the early settlers at Ronoake Island in the New World.  The story follows the adventures of Emme, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I […]

No Man’s Nightingale

No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell Post by Sandra Taylor. A mystery novel by Ruth Rendell.  This novel appeals on many levels.  It is a fascinating insight into human foibles, prejudices and characteristics. A retired detective assists a friend, who  has replaced him, in solving the mystery of a murder of a  vicar who had […]

shadow year September 28

A Shadow Year.

A Shadow Year by Hannah Richell. Post by Sandra Taylor. I enjoyed reading  “A Shadow Year”  by Hannah Richell.  A group of young people decide to turn their backs on convention and society for a year and live out their dreams in an abandoned cottage In the wilds of the Peak District in England.  Living […]

quiet power September 27

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

Quiet:  the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain Post by Caroline Podd. This book is a must read for anybody who has been told “speak up”, “come out of your shell” and “you’re too quiet”.  Susan Cain celebrates the characteristics that introverts bring to society.  She discusses how […]

Tales about gardens for children

Tales About Gardens by Dr Richard Whitlow. Dr Richard Whitlow is a gardener from the Gold Coast in Australia who has written a lovely new series of books designed to answer the questions which kid’s ask about the things around them and how they work, such as ‘why is the sky blue’, and, ‘what makes […]

Book poem

I loved this poem by Beris Carr, who attended the Versatility event at the Upper Coomera library.   Dearly Beloved, I’ve lost some friends I truly cherished For whom I’ve greatly sorrowed These friends aren’t humans who Have perished They’re Books that humans borrowed.

games 2 July 22

The Olympic Games

The Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro on 5-21 August this year. These are some lovely books on the topic which have recently caught my eye.   The Story Of The Olympics by Richard Brassey. This book is beautifully set out to appeal to children, and will entertain while informing in much the same […]

sweet thing July 22

Sweet Thing

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino   Post by Melissa.   Sweet Thing is a beautifully written narrative that I couldn’t put down. It tells the story of Mia Kelly, an Ivy League graduate and classically trained pianist, who uproots her life when her father dies suddenly, and takes over the running of his Café in New […]

tidying July 20

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying by Marie Kondo. If you love living in an organised home but your personal space always seems to end up messy, this is a life-changing book for you to read. Marie has written a hugely popular and successful book based on her business of helping people to organise their homes. […]

Book of lies July 18

The Book of Lies

The Book of Lies by James Moloney. Post by Brooke Hawthorn. When I first picked up “The Book of Lies”, I was captivated from the first chapter. The adventure on which our main characters embark is exciting and with so many secrets and half-truths, the story is compelling to the very last page. When a […]