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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine @GailHoneyman @HarperFiction #bookreview #Monday Blogs

Original, warm and poignant.  I loved this book. I loved the excellent writing and I loved Eleanor. Eleanor, who narrated her own story, describes herself as a survivor. She’s right. She has survived a terrible childhood trauma, and, as she sees it, now’s she’s in her thirties with a job and a flat, she’s completely… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine @GailHoneyman @HarperFiction #bookreview #Monday Blogs

26 Books Challenge 2017 · Books

26 Books in 2017 Book 16: Books over 500 Pages Long

Big Books Quality versus Quantity Book 16 in the 26-Books-in-52-Weeks Challenge has to be a book that is over 500 pages long. Now, in the world of books size shouldn’t matter. Quality isn’t necessarily linked to quantity. If it’s a big book but it’s also a page-turner, I’ll read it more quickly and with more… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 16: Books over 500 Pages Long

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26 Books in 2017 Book 15: Finding Alison by Deirdre Eustace @bwpublishing #bookreview #MondayBlogs

  Book 15 in the 26-Books-in-52-Weeks Challenge has to be a book that someone else recommended to me. As with many of the other categories in this challenge the list of potential choices was quite a long one. This is because I base most of my book choices on someone else’s recommendations. I sometimes go… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 15: Finding Alison by Deirdre Eustace @bwpublishing #bookreview #MondayBlogs

Reflecting · Writing

Writing the Story: It’s all about the Characters

  Telling Imaginative Histories I prefer to read and write character driven fiction. Don’t get me wrong both plot and setting are important to me, but they don’t excite me, either as an author or reader in the same way that characters do. Characters bring stories to life. The novelist, Dame Hilary Mantel, gave the… Continue reading Writing the Story: It’s all about the Characters

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Breaking Down the Barriers Between Science and the Arts with @SAWTrust

Just before I started to write this post, I was listening to the Andrew Marr Show on BBC Radio 4. The panel of expert guests had been invited to discuss science. Specifically, in a programme entitled From Darwin to Big Data, they were asked to consider whether scientists have failed to communicate their work to… Continue reading Breaking Down the Barriers Between Science and the Arts with @SAWTrust

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26 Books in 2017 Book 13: The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal @davcr @ProfileBooks

Book number 13 in the 26-Books-in-52-Weeks challenge has to be a book with a number in the title. There are various books I could have chosen. For example, one favourite from this category would be The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan, which is probably the first thriller I read aged about thirteen. Another favourite… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 13: The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal @davcr @ProfileBooks