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Chris · 13h ago

A tale told anew

Horatio Clare: The Prince’s Pen, or Clip’s Truth New Stories from the Mabinogion, Seren 2012 Imagine a dystopian future: most of England is reduced to an archipelago; the world is ruled by s...
Chris · 4d ago

Drowning sorrows

Jem Lester: Shtum. Orion 2017 (2016) For many of us life already makes huge demands — relationships, health and wellbeing, financial concerns, managing a work-life balance — but when you hav...
Chris · 1w ago

Dust off those cobwebs

Nicholas Tucker Darkness Visible: Inside the World of Philip Pullman Wizard Books 2003 Fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy will have been cheered by the announcement of the p...
Chris · 1W ago

Retrospective

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re past the halfway mark in this, er, interesting year — some would say a tumultuous year. I’ve found that, when successive local and world events each seem to...
Chris · 1W ago

Poison pen

Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea Edited by Hilary Jenkins Penguin Books 2001 (1966) “Great mistake to go by looks, one way or another.” — Aunt Cora to Antoinette, Part One Wide Sargasso Sea As a...
Chris · 2W ago

Human yet deliciously alien

Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Headline 2014 (2013) O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space—were it not that I have bad dreams. — Sh...
Chris · 2W ago

Halfway

I’ve arrived at another checkpoint in my 2017 reading challenge set by My Reader’s Block blogger Bev, the Mount TBR Challenge. You may remember that this involves reducing the mountain of un...
Chris · 3W ago

Independent Bookshop Week

​An unashamed plug for independent bookshops, to be celebrated this coming week in the UK and Ireland. Much of the following comes from the IBW website at https://indiebookshopweek.org.uk/ I...
Chris · 4W ago

A Cassandra role

Michael Crichton: The Andromeda Strain Ballantine Books 1993 (1969) Certainly the Wildfire team was under severe stress, but they were also prepared to make mistakes. They had even predicted...
Chris · 1M ago

Manual for men

J A Hazeley and J P Morris How It Works: The Husband Ladybird Books 2015 My guess is that this book is designed for anyone who is not a husband — the wife, the fiancée, the boy in need of a ...