Feelgood books to get you through self-isolation
Mar25

Feelgood books to get you through self-isolation

We are all going to be seeing a lot more of the insides of our own homes over the coming weeks. Whether you are in total self-isolation or just social distancing, we will all have more time to kill. While killing time, most of us will spend too long thinking and worrying about coronavirus – whether it’s concern for a relative, fears over your job or worries about the impact on the NHS. I think we can all agree that...

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The Lido by Libby Page
Mar20

The Lido by Libby Page

I picked up The Lido by Libby Page with my birthday money last autumn and it’s taken me this long to get round to reading it. I wasn’t sure what it was about, but it was another one of those books I’d seen a lot on social media. Every time I posted my ‘to read’ pile on Instagram, people commented on what a good read it was. I really shouldn’t have waited so long to read it. The Lido is a beautiful,...

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The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
Mar06

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

I read about The Five by Hallie Rubenhold on the Waterstones email and knew I had to have it. I ordered it immediately and received it on publication day. (I actually have to avoid reading the Waterstones email every week, otherwise I would buy far too many books.) The Five is a non-fiction book which gives the five victims of Jack the Ripper their stories back. Since 1888, their names have been synonymous only with their deaths and...

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The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting
Feb28

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting

I saw The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting on my friend Erica’s blog, 92three30 and thought it sounded fascinating. Erica later said it was her favourite read of 2019, and I can see why! Set in the early 90s, the story is entirely told by Edvard, a young Norwegian man. When Edvard was just three years old, his parents died in mysterious circumstances in France. Edvard was with them at the time – and then...

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Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson
Feb21

Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson

My daughter and I recently read Lily Alone, which is one of the very few Jacqueline Wilson books she hasn’t already read. Lily lives in a cramped two-bedroom flat with her mum, six-year-old twins Baxter and Bliss, and her three-year-old sister, Pixie. Her mum tells her she will make a lovely mum herself one day, but Lily doesn’t ever want kids. She just wants to be alone. Lily’s mum is just 26. She is single and...

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Revelation by C J Sansom
Feb14

Revelation by C J Sansom

Revelation is the fourth part in C J Sansom’s Shardlake detective series, and could be my favourite yet. Having seen off five previous wives, King Henry VIII has his eye on a sixth – Catherine Parr. But will Lady Catherine agree to become his next wife? Two years on from an unfortunate run-in with the King, Matthew Shardlake has turned his back on work involving politics and royalty. Instead, he is dealing with the tricky...

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