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What we’ve been reading

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 […]

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

  I’ve decided since reading this and The Remains of the Day, that Ishiguro is a master of portraits of tragic repression. In this novel, it is our narrator, Kath who is incapable of feeling the anger and injustice which has been done to her by her society which relegates her to a useful container […]

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 […]

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Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

A quick note to say: if you are a Gilmore Girls fan, and you’re a bit impatient for the new series, then you could do a lot worse than read Lauren Graham’s book. I took a while to read it, because it’s a first novel, it’s semi-autobiographical, and I knew I was going into it looking […]

index September 21

Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings

Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings The naked body of a young girl is found in a backstreet of Toronto in the middle of the winter in 1895, and Detective William Murdoch is on the case.  Murdoch’s enthusiasm for unconventional methods bring him into conflict with his superior officer, Inspector Brackenreid, but his perseverance and […]

index-1 September 20

Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet

  Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet Max Tudor is a former MI5 agent turned newly appointed Vicar of St Edwold’s in the perfect English village of Nether Monkslip. When the serene peace of village life is shattered by the seemingly accidental death of Wanda Batton-Smythe, a terrifyingly outspoken member of the local Women’s Institute, Max must re-connect with the dangers of […]

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The ways of the world by Robert Goddard

  The ways of the world by Robert Goddard This is book one of a trilogy, and I found it intelligent and well-written, with a great sense of place. I think that the trilogy format has enabled Robert Goddard to construct a detailed and intricate plot, and include the period details and characterizations which create […]