Becoming by Michelle Obama
Oct18

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I’d heard good things about Becoming by Michelle Obama and I’d wanted to read it for a long time. But I was waiting for it to come out in paperback and that was taking forever. Then my eldest kindly bought me the hardback for my birthday. Becoming is even better than I hoped it would be. Michelle Obama is a beautiful and eloquent writer. The book starts off well, then it just gets better and better and better. It is...

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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Oct11

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

I absolutely loved Lisa Jewell’s recent psychological thrillers (Watching You, I Found You and Then She Was Gone), so when I saw her latest novel – The Family Upstairs – in Sainsbury’s (my top tip for buying books cheaply), I was very excited. I didn’t even bother to read the blurb to find out what it was about, because I knew I would love it. And I wasn’t wrong. This book is an absolute triumph. I...

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No one is too small to make a difference by Greta Thunberg
Oct04

No one is too small to make a difference by Greta Thunberg

I think Greta Thunberg is amazing. It’s little more than a year since she decided not to go to school and start a strike for the climate outside the Swedish Parliament. And look what she has achieved since then! She has rallied school children all over the world to strike, she has spoken eloquently at the European Parliament and the UN Climate Change Conference and she has rattled the cages of politicians. So when I saw her tiny...

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Sovereign by C J Sansom
Sep27

Sovereign by C J Sansom

Sovereign is the third part in the Shardlake series of detective novels by C J Sansom and is my favourite to date. Matthew Shardlake is a London lawyer in Tudor times. With King Henry VIII on the throne, the risk of being beheaded or tortured in the Tower of London is never far away. In the autumn of 1541, Henry VIII and his wife, Queen Catherine Howard, embark on the Progress – a journey to York, accompanied by hundreds of...

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Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson
Sep20

Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson

Rose Rivers is the most recent book from the world of Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson. In fact, it’s from the world of Clover Moon. We first meet Rose in Jacqueline Wilson’s earlier novel, Clover Moon. Then Hetty, Clover and Rose all come together in Hetty Feather’s Christmas. Rose is the privileged eldest daughter of the artist who sketched Clover in Clover Moon. Rose is jealous that her twin brother, Rupert, has...

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The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary
Sep13

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

I read a review of The Flat Share a while ago and it sounded like a lovely read. Not quite my usual cup of tea, but a lovely read all the same. I realised a couple of years ago that I struggle to keep up with complicated plot lines over the summer holidays, so I started reading easier books over the summer. Which is how I came to be reading The Flat Share. The basic story of The Flat Share is summed up on the front cover: Tiffy and...

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