The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Aug18

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

I like to read autobiographies from time-to-time. I usually read two or three a year, about celebrities that I’m interested in. To me, The Glass Castle is a very different type of autobiography, because I have no idea who Jeannette Walls is (she’s actually a former US gossip columnist). But hers is probably the most interesting autobiography I’ve ever read. Because it reads like the very best fiction. Jeannette...

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The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza
Aug11

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

The Night Stalker is the second in the DCI Erika Foster series of thrillers/ detective stories by Robert Bryndza. I read the first in the series, The Girl in the Ice, earlier this year and loved it. So when my kids needed something from Amazon and I wanted to get free postage, I selflessly bought myself The Night Stalker. And I wasn’t disappointed. A doctor is found suffocated in his bed with a plastic bag over his head. Is it a...

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The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Aug04

The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

After reading What She Knew, I felt a needed a break from thrillers and books about missing children, even though I do love them. So I was very pleased when my friend lent me The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, which I had seen a few people reading recently. In the long, hot summer of 1976, 10-year-old Grace and her best friend, Tilly, set out to track down their missing neighbour, Mrs Creasy. They believe God may be key to the...

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What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
Jul28

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

I read a fair few book reviews online. Sometimes I think ‘I must remember that book’ and sometimes I do remember. And sometimes I forget almost instantly. When I read a review of What She Knew, I did something I’d never done before. I went straight onto Amazon and bought it while it was fresh in my mind. I actually don’t buy many books on Amazon, I get the majority from bookshops or I borrow them from friends....

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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Jul21

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I heard a lot of good things about I Let You Go last year and knew I had to read it. My friend who lends me lots of books was going to lend it to me, but she forgot. So recently I bit the bullet and bought it for myself. And I wasn’t disappointed. In a split-second, a little boy is hit by a car and killed. For Jenna Gray, her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything and start again. But she is haunted by memories...

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Help Your Kids With Growing Up by Robert Winston
Jul14

Help Your Kids With Growing Up by Robert Winston

I haven’t bought a parenting book since my boys were 4 and 2. They’re 16 and 13 now and they bring a whole new load of challenges with them. So I was very pleased when I was offered a copy of Help Your Kids With Growing Up to review, especially as it is written by Dr Robert Winston, who I have great admiration for, particularly his TV series, Child of Our Time. This is someone who really understands the workings of...

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