Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
Aug12

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason is one of the many books I picked up in Sainsbury’s. I bought it because I’d seen good things about it on social media, but I knew nothing about it. The cover and title say to me ‘dramatic literary romance’. Now I’ve got an open mind, I can cope with a dramatic literary romance, but it wouldn’t be my first choice of genre. Sorrow and Bliss is not a dramatic literary...

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Next of Kin by Kia Abdullah
Aug09

Next of Kin by Kia Abdullah

Next of Kin is courtroom thriller and the third novel by Kia Abdullah. I saw Kia Abdullah with Lisa Jewell at last year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival and have been meaning to read one of her books ever since. She was talking about her books and writing in general, but mainly with reference to Next of Kin. Kia Abdullah specialises in courtroom dramas and carries endless research and plotting for her stories, unlike Lisa...

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Silent Sunday 7.8.22
Aug07

Silent Sunday 7.8.22

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Snap by Belinda Bauer
Aug05

Snap by Belinda Bauer

I’ve wanted to read Snap by Belinda Bauer ever since I read her novel, Exit, last year. Exit was an absolutely joy and one of my favourite reads of 2021. I have a list of books I want to read on my phone, but I must admit that I often get drawn into buying other books in Sainsbury’s, partly because they’re cheaper, but mainly because I just see them when I go shopping! So it took me a while to get round to reading...

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Sport, Euro 2022 and inspiring a generation
Aug02

Sport, Euro 2022 and inspiring a generation

Do you remember the slogan for London 2012? Inspire a generation. Part of London hosting the Olympic games was that it should have a legacy, in terms of its transformation of the local area, but also in participation rates of sport. All those cyclists, swimmers, athletes and gymnasts were supposed to inspire us all to get off our backsides and get active. There was certainly a spike in cycling for a while, but that has tailed off. Can...

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