Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce
Apr30

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

I bought Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce in Sainsbury’s, just before Waterstones reopened. I loved Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and also enjoyed her other novels – Perfect and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. But mainly I bought Miss Benson’s Beetle because I judged a book by its cover and I loved both the cover and the title. Britain in 1950 is a dreary place. Margery...

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Apprenticeships: A realistic alternative to university
Apr29

Apprenticeships: A realistic alternative to university

If you’ve got a child in year 12, you’re probably both thinking about the next stage about now. Let’s be honest, having a child in education is always about the next stage – if your child is in year 5 or 6, it’s all about secondary school. Then from year 9 onwards it’s non-stop – options, GCSEs, A Levels and leaving school… Every choice is tinged with the big question of careers. Are...

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I got my Covid-19 vaccine (at last)
Apr27

I got my Covid-19 vaccine (at last)

Most people reading this have probably already had their Covid-19 vaccine. So you’re probably not going to learn anything from it. I just wanted to record it for posterity. I know some people were nervous of getting their Covid-19 vaccine. Not me. I was excited. I was excited when my parents got theirs. I was excited when I heard that our area was doing particularly well at getting through its vaccines. I was excited when I saw...

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Silent Sunday 25.4.21
Apr25

Silent Sunday 25.4.21

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Tall Bones by Anna Bailey
Apr23

Tall Bones by Anna Bailey

Tall Bones is the recently published debut novel by Anna Bailey. I picked it up in Sainsbury’s just before Waterstones reopened, because I was running out of books. Like myself, Anna Bailey grew up in Gloucestershire, but you would never guess it from Tall Bones. The book is inspired by her experiences of living in small-town America as a young adult. Best friends Abi and Emma only have each other. They feel like outsiders in...

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