Half a World Away by Mike Gayle
Oct30

Half a World Away by Mike Gayle

I bought Half a World Away by Mike Gayle in the summer, after seeing lots of positive reviews on social media. Then somehow it took me a long time to get round to reading it. I think I’ve read one Mike Gayle book before, way back when my kids were small, and I don’t even remember what it was. Mike Gayle is quite unusual in that he is a male author, but writing books which read very much like a Jane Green or a Jodi Picoult....

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Introducing Herbert the guinea pig
Oct27

Introducing Herbert the guinea pig

It is six weeks since our beloved guinea pig, Cedric, died. It feels like a long time ago. And all that time Henry has been on his own. Guinea pigs are sociable animals and shouldn’t be on their own and I was quite worried about Henry for a time. When Cedric was around (and especially when Cedric was ill), Henry seemed to eat non-stop. But he ate a lot less after Cedric died and started to lose weight. I’m pleased to say...

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Silent Sunday 25.10.20
Oct25

Silent Sunday 25.10.20

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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Oct23

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

I spotted The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman in the bookshop window when it was published a few weeks ago. There is something very appealing about the title and the cover and I knew I would love it. Then I watched Richard Osman’s online Cheltenham Literature Festival session a couple of weeks back and I just had to read it. Luckily, my mum had a copy. So I borrowed it. The Thursday Murder Club is set in a retirement...

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Happy birthday, 17 year old son!
Oct20

Happy birthday, 17 year old son!

Happy 17th birthday to my beautiful boy. It’s been quite a year for you, as it has been for all of us. This time last year, we were looking forward to your GCSEs, your dream rugby tour and lots of athletics, following your recovery from a fractured pelvis. Well the GCSE exams got cancelled, as did the athletics competitions. And the dream rugby tour remained only a dream – initially postponed until 2021, but then cancelled...

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