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Favourite Book(s) #23 – First Class by Chris West

I was about three when my Grandfather gave me a penny stamp in an old matchbox. As time progressed I joined the millions of children across the globe who collected stamps and found myself fascinated by the person who might … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #22 – And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer

This was a book that was selected to be a book club read. I bought the hard backed version because it was the only one available online at a reasonable price – the book comprises of 1176 pages and is … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #21 – The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel

This was one of those books that I bought because the cover appealed. It sat on my growing pile of books to be read and when a long standing friend mentioned it to me in an email, asking where would … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #20 – Genealogy Essential Research Methods by Helen Osborn

We hear a great deal about books written by American authors of the not just the best way to proceed with research, but genealogical proof and citing sources, but we hear very little about similar books written by British authors. … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #19 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I don’t subscribe to a huge amount of YouTube video’s but one that I always watch is, Christopher Allen who at some point last year recommended this book, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. There are a number of video’s on … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #18 – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo

I first became aware of this book through a flurry of book reviews online. I also watched the following YouTube video from Jen at Pretty Neat Living and I have linked that below. Whilst I do not follow the exact … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #17 – Naples ’44 by Norman Lewis

This book has sat on my bookshelf for at least 20 years without being read. Then last year I read in a newspaper that it was to be broadcast on BBC 4 and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. Sadly the recording is not available … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #16 – Floating Brothel by Sian Rees

I have read my copy of this book so often that the cover is looking a bit tatty and the glue that holds the paperback cover in place is a bit loose. The book is based upon the true historical … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #15 – At Home: A Short History by Bill Bryson

From the moment I saw the write up about this book in one of the broadsheet newspapers, I knew I had to read it. Bryson opens At Home with 1850, the year in which his house was build. He spends … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #14 – Watching the English by Kate Fox

A former colleague recommended this book to me following us having a lively debate at a meeting. After which I was advised, do you realise you are thinking with your Italian brain! I recall looking at them thinking what on … Continue reading

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