The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
Jul31

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

I picked up The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver in the dark depths of lockdown (along with My Brilliant Friend and The Things We Left Unsaid) when the bookshops weren’t open. As I’ve said before, I try to avoid Amazon wherever possible. It’s not the sort of book I would normally choose, but I do try to read lighter books over the summer holidays, as I have less time to focus on reading. Although of course the...

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Silent Sunday 26.7.20
Jul26

Silent Sunday 26.7.20

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Jul24

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

I bought My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante when we were in the dark depths of lockdown and I was in need of new books. I try to avoid buying from Amazon wherever possible, so picked up a few books in Sainsbury’s, whose book shelves were looking rather bare. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book. My Brilliant Friend is the first book Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Quartet. Set in a poor neighbourhood...

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Win a pair of Treads school shoes #ad
Jul23

Win a pair of Treads school shoes #ad

Treads are kindly supplying one pair of school shoes to the winner. They also kindly supplied me with two pairs of school shoes for my kids to try. #ad It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about school shoes for the big return to school. Let’s be honest, we nearly all buy new school shoes when the kids have been off school for six or seven weeks. But, by the time they go back, many kids will have been off...

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Why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy
Jul22

Why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy

It’s been over a year since my son left the girls’ grammar school where he had studied for two years. He walked in there with 6 Bs and 3 Cs at GCSE, slightly lower than he had expected/ hoped to get. He walked out of there with an A and 2 Bs at A Level – higher than he could have hoped for in his wildest dreams. Need I even say any more about why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy? But I...

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