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Favourite Book(s) #8 – A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute

Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will probably know that this is one of my absolute favourite books. My copy was purchased probably 30 years ago from a wonderful bookshop in Guildford called Thorps, which has … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #7 – Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton

I have long been an avid reader of the Alphabet series by the late Sue Grafton. The series of books follows the life of a fictional private detective, Kinsey Malone in the United States. The series begins with A for … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #6 – Surname Detective by Colin D Rogers

This is a fascinating read of investigating surname distribution in England from 1086. The author took a sample of 100 surnames, some of them fairly common and followed the migration of people through the centuries. Also covered is how surnames … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #5 The Reverse Immigrant by Alfred Zappala

I have reviewed this book before, back in 2011 and you can read that review here. Since then I have read the book twice more since then and really enjoy it. I have also read the other books by Alfred … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #4 – The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

I first saw this book in the shop window of a bookshop in Australia when I was there in 2012. There was something about the title and the book cover that made me venture inside and pick up the book. … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #3 – Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self by Julia Cameron

I came across this book some time ago and recently bought the 2016 anniversary edition. The book was originally released in 2006. If you read the reviews on Amazon they are quite mixed, some feel it is too religious, others … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #2 – Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

The moment I heard of this book I put it on advance order at Amazon and then waited for the release date. The book arrived on the release date and I immediately delved in. The book is made up of … Continue reading

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Favourite Book(s) #1 – Home the Story of everyone who ever lived in our house by Julie Myerson

Julie Myerson did not set out to research her Victorian home in South East London. She was actually researching for a nineteenth Century novel and stumbled across the 1881 Census return for her home. She discovered that her home at … Continue reading

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You Are What You Read – Favourite Book(s)

I have always loved this quote which I think I first heard in the Rom-Com film, You’ve Got Mail staring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, released in 1998. It is probably one of my favourite films and I am not … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar 2017 – Christmas Reading

I nowhere read as much as I used to due to a variety of drains on my time and the pull of social media, but there are several books that I read every December. I really like the Elm Creek … Continue reading

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