Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie

My Mum is a mad Agatha Christie fan. She almost has the full collection of titles and reads and re-reads them often. As such, whenever we watch a crime show, she picks the killer within the first 10 minutes. I’ve never been much of a crime fiction fan myself, but after reading Death on the […]

Great_Fire_London April 12

The Diary of Samuel Pepys : so rich I couldn’t think of a subtitle

So, for the Reader’s Season I can see that people are mostly going for fiction: time to stand up for some fantastic non-fiction. On the First of January, 1660, a minor government functionary in London began a diary, and kept to his writing for ten years. In the million words which followed, he charted great […]

Group of children sitting on the grass reading books 19001910 SLQ April 08

Curl up with a classic

21st April 2016 is the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, so it’s timely to rediscover some of the great authors of English literature.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

by Claire North Wow. When someone at my book club recommended this I was less than excited, it was described as a science fiction time travel meets end of the world novel. Not really my genres. However from page one I was hooked. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August  is so clever, it is […]


Restoration by Olaf Olafsson This is a moving and unforgettable historical novel based in Italy during World War II.  The main character lives on a wonderfully self-contained, restored farm in Tuscany and there are frequent references to nearby villages and towns in Tuscany which brought back great memories for me of travelling there.  Alice and her husband lose […]


    The Wreckage by Michael Robotham is fifth in the Joseph O’Loughlin series of psychological thrillers by this talented Australian author. Again featuring Vincent Ruiz the retired detective and more of a cameo by Jo O’Loughlin the clinical psychologist, this is rather different from the others in the series.  Rather this one features a journalist in […]

Feature Image Bookcoasters March 17

Not So Long Ago, in a Library Catalogue Only a Few Keyboard Types Away……

Other interesting Star Wars items you’ll find in our libraries Elstree 1976 – Basically this is an interview with mostly the extras and actors who had a few lines (although some of them iconic, such as “These are not the droids we’re looking for”), who turned up for a movie they thought might get shown […]

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

From Lisa at Elanora Branch I am going to enjoy discussing this book at the Elanora Library “Afternoon with a Classic” session this Friday. Although I have always admired the opening sentence of this novel:“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”, I have never actually read the book before. From the opening sentence to […]

lovers quarrel March 14

Astro City : Lovers Quarrel

Astro City, unlike the larger graphic novel franchises, allows its character to age and permanently die. This allows the author, Kurt Busiek, to tell stories that are not possible in Marvel or DC. In Marvel, the characters have started to explicitly notice that it is hard for them to stay dead. Hawkeye, for example, died, […]


Originally posted on book coasters:
Ranger’s Apprentice : The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan Post by Brooke Ranger’s Apprentice is by far one of my most favourite book series. This is a captivating story with characters you will just fall in love with. The story follows Will, an orphan who doesn’t even have a last name,…


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