Monday, April 1, 2019

There are a million different ways of deciding how your phone answers a call when you're

unavailable or just don't feel like talking:

Easiest of all - the service provider does all the work, you don't even bother to change the generic message your SIM card comes with;

A l...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Apparently, the whole of Germany has a tradition of watching a 1960s black and white film called 'Dinner For One' featuring two British comedians, Freddie Frinton and May Warden at Christmas. She is the elderly lady of the house, unaware that all her friends have died...

Monday, November 12, 2018

One hundred years ago yesterday, the armistice was signed for the Great War or 'war to end all wars'.  Sadly, it wasn't.  And Europe was soon dragging the rest of the world into war once again and today wars continue to rage over the planet between human beings.

Th...

Sunday, November 4, 2018

November - the month of longer nights, morning frosts, fireworks and creaking floorboard

s (usually because you've just turned the heating on for the first time in months, sadly, and not something far more exciting).  So what better time to celebrate all things dark and...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October is here - faster than expected in my case and hot on the heels of a joyous September of truly mellow fruitfulness.

I've returned to a book I read many moons ago for this month's voiceclip and it's made me want to read it all over again as even the first page is...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The editing of this book is very clever.  The initial tease of the 'event' occurs and then the chapter titles remind you where you are in the timeline leading up to it and beyond - a bit like we use BC and AD in religion.
This device keeps you turning the pages and thi...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This book made me realise how much I like the name Laurel; it's a really nice moniker.

Josie Silver's first book is told from a dual perspective - Laurie and Jack and all their mistimings and god are there a lot! You go with it though as the pair are very likeable and...

Monday, September 17, 2018

This is a very interesting book written by a very interesting man. Sheryl Sandberg certainly thinks so. The foreword is a glowing tribute and makes you want to meet him; he's certainly made it onto my fantasy dinner party guest list now.

Incredibly easy to read and to...

Monday, September 3, 2018

And so it is autumn once more...

I've turned to a classic this month, an evocative ode to the season from that romantic poet, Keats.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Gives the reader real pause for thought.

In all the headlines and tweets and snatches of opinion coming from everywhere these days, this is a very well-written and extremely well-researched novel, focused on the points of view of several of those caught up in a mass s...

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