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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman I’m about to make a bold statement, and possibly prematurely given we’re only in June still, but I’d currently put this book at the top of my personal leader board for 2017. Eleanor is a carefully and exquisitely crafted character. She’s one of those people who we all recognise from our workplaces, commute, or regular shopping trips. You know – shy, introvert, “keeps themselves to themselves”, clutches a […]

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Luckiest girl alive – Jessica Knoll You know when a book grabs you by the throat and inexplicably won’t let go, til you’re quite done with it? Luckiest Girl Alive went in full throttle and held my attention so well that I didn’t really surface fully til I’d reached the last page. No TV, not much social media activity, I just wanted to see where our protagonist ended up and what had led to this […]

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The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty I read this straight after finally getting myself round to reading The Graduate, which I’d found hard work. The stifling self-aware writing style of Charles Webb had suffocated me a bit. I read The Graduate in one swift day, and it was perhaps interesting and to a 1960s world, clever…but it left me empty. Benjamin frankly needed a slap and to get himself a job. And don’t even start […]

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Grief Is The Thing With Feathers – Max Porter This is a short but utterly immersive take on grief and all that goes with it. It’s odd, weird, and astonishingly clever in equal measure. Part prose, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The part where Dad meets his hero, Ted Hughes was so beautifully observed and I felt like I was standing right next to him, but that was a very small glimmer of […]

Last (minute) Christmas 3…

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Today, Dads. Here we go for last minute ideas for the dads, grandpas, uncles and brothers, that will tick some boxes and please and surprise the men in our lives, the ones who are most likely to (helpfully) reply “oh whatever” when asked what they want. (Look away now, the husband.) Under £30 Menfolk do tend to prefer the practical. Clockwise l – r:  Stupidly useful tech gloves from Muji. Muji is a great stop […]

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Today Will Be Different – Maria Semple I’ll get this out of the way first, Semple’s book Where’d you go Bernadette is hand on heart one of my most favourite books ever; unconventionally structured, funny, witty and sharp as a pin.  So I had high hopes and itchy fingers to get my mitts on this. The perfect antidote to my heavy-going summer reads, I loved this. There seems to be some harsh criticism for this latest […]

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All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr I read this, only after my husband banged on about it and endlessly asked when I was going to make a start. I’d wanted to read something light-hearted after my recent spate of challenging and emotionally draining books, but I gave in – mainly to shut him up f I’m honest….and I’m so pleased I did. Probably my personal choice for my book of the year, […]

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Lie with Me – Sabine Durrant Oh hello. A nice easy read I thought. Get myself over A Little Life, I thought, with an arm chair/commuter thriller. And so I did.  Lie with Me is a claustrophobic psychological tale of Paul Morris, our protagonist, who is frankly pretty unlikeable. Although I must confess to liking him more and more as the tale went on, probably because you realise as you get into his head that […]

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A little life – by Hanya Yanagihara I finally read this whilst on holiday, a year after buying it – a bit like Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, it just took me forever to get started and engage with the characters. I kept starting A Little Life and then leaving it, my head turned by a different book I was more desperate to read. I don’t really know why. Maybe I didn’t find the group of young […]

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 Out of Time – Miranda Sawyer I’ll start this by saying that I love Miranda Sawyer. No, I really do. She’s a great journalist and I’ve always thought she’s like this über cool girl, the one you’d want to hang out with at school because you know she’d be a right laugh, and you’d both sneak off for fags and a bit of a skive (*caveat – I am not that person now). I’ll also […]