Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Jan22

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Beartown is the fourth novel by Fredrik Backman, who wrote the wonderful A Man Called Ove. Beartown is a small town on the edge of the forest. For nine months of the year, it is under a blanket of snow. The cold and dark have created a unique close-knit community, where everyone knows everyone else. The town is slowly dying, with employment prospects shrinking every year. But it has an (ice) hockey team which is on the brink of huge...

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Reluctant Veganuary
Jan20

Reluctant Veganuary

At the end of last year, my eldest asked me if I wanted to do Veganuary with him. I didn’t. I’ve been vegetarian since I was 17. We initially raised our eldest without red meat, and he’d rejected chicken and fish by the time he was about 5. So he has been vegetarian for most of his life. I am very happy being a vegetarian. You can tell me that it’s healthier and better for the environment for me to be vegan....

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My virtual running medal and Covid-19
Jan18

My virtual running medal and Covid-19

In common with most runners (except those who had booked races for January, February or early March), I didn’t run any races in 2020. The marathon and four half marathons I had booked were all cancelled. Some runners decided to fill the 2020 race void with virtual races – basically run the distance, whether 5k or a marathon or somewhere in between – and get a medal for it. The biggest one was the virtual London...

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Silent Sunday 17.1.21
Jan17

Silent Sunday 17.1.21

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
Jan15

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay is the third book in the Neopolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. Once again narrated by Elena (a fictional character who happens to share a first name with the author), it tells the story of Elena and best friend Lila’s lives as they move through their 20s and into their 30s. Elena has a degree from a prestigious college and is a famous author who has written a shocking book, while Lila is...

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