Category Archives: Book ends

Review: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

I finally solved the dilemma of whether to review this book by the deadline without finishing it or to finish it and post the review late.  I compromised my principles in order to be able to do the novel the … Continue reading

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Dilemma

On Saturday, a package arrived for me.  I wasn’t expecting anything and assumed I had ordered something in error from my holding basket on Amazon.  But no!  I had entered a Waterstones’ draw to win an advance copy of Life … Continue reading

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Books of the year

At the beginning of 2012, I set myself the challenge of reading 50 books and signed up to Goodreads, a website which makes it easy and satisfying to track your progress.  I generally stick to fiction; however, this year I … Continue reading

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Book review: Talking It Over by Julian Barnes

I read a novel by Julian Barnes about twenty years ago and really enjoyed it.  I lent it to someone who promised to give it back but never returned it.  For some inexplicable reason (was I waiting for the book’s … Continue reading

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Book review: The Maeve Binchy Writers’ Club

This is a short, accessible guide to getting started on and keep up with your writing project.  It’s written in the form of weekly letters, interspersed with contributions from others.  Not only does it offer practical advice to make the … Continue reading

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Review: The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

Ida’s feet are turning to glass.  Midas is haunted by his relationship with his father.  Their paths cross and this is their story. The book is beautifully written and is naturally poetic without being forced and self-conscious.  It has a … Continue reading

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Book review: The Hunt in the Forest by John Burnside

I came across this poetry collection by chance the day after Burnside was awarded the T S Eliot poetry prize in January this year.  Although I rarely read poetry, I was curious. The collection examines our pursuits, be they love, … Continue reading

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