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I’ve tried, but I just can’t love e-books and e-readers, here’s why

I should love them. I’m a lifelong believer in never going anywhere without something to read. About the only time I don’t carry a book with me is when I’m taking out the rubbish. E-books,  e-readers and I should be soul mates. They make it easy to take a whole library wherever I go. Who […]

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Be enchanted by the Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

­­ In the Lost Art of Keeping Secrets Eva Rice perfectly recreates the breathless wonder of girls on the verge of womanhood. Penelope and Charlotte meet by chance and become fast friends in the early to mid fifties when the world and all its rules were changing. It’s a very English sort of novel, with […]

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A must read for anyone interested in modern India

In Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Katherine Boo has given voice to real people that most people won’t ever get a chance to hear. She takes you to Annawadi, a place you may not have heard of, and brings Abdul, Asha, Manju and a host of other residents to life. And […]

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This guide to dying is a novel about life

The Household Guide to Dying: A Novel About Life by Debra Adelaide Delia Bennett, the narrator of the Household Guide to Dying has written a number of household guides and she’s dying (of cancer).  So turning to what she knows best, she decides to write her last guide, to dying. Yes a guide to dying. Odd? A bit. […]

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Would you like a second chance to get your life right?

Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life asks the question, what if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right. That back cover blurb (it made me think of Ground Hog Day) almost inspired me to put this book down and walk away. But a recommendation from someone […]

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