Archive of ‘Reading’ category

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

Fish Pie from The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

I was reading The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett at the weekend and it got me thinking about the first dinner party I’d hosted with my husband in our very first house. There were six of us, two sets of neighbours, squashed together around a small drop-leaf table in the cramped dining room. I can’t remember what I served, possibly […] Read more…

Lady Chatterley's Lover

The Year in Books ~ January 2016

My office is teaming with books. A table by the window with books stacked alongside notebooks and admin that somehow drifted there over the Christmas holiday, ikea cabinets behind me with books stuffed in both horizontally and vertically, then, on the windowsill in front of me I’ve even more books. Pretty books, special books. Lots […] Read more…

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

What Rebecca has taught me

Studying Chaucer and Catch 22 at A-level temporarily killed my love of literature.  Ok, maybe that sounds a bit dramatic. Maybe it was a compatibility issue. We just weren’t suited. Maybe it was the droning lecturer; a dreary man who laughed at all the Chaucer jokes. Again and again. Or maybe it was just me and […] Read more…

Ruth Reichl My Kitchen Year

Discovering Ruth Reichl

Every now and again you come across a writer that you just love. Everything about them: their stories, their writing, their depth and honesty. And then you have to purchase every book they’ve ever written and disappear for a while; marvelling over their words, immersing yourself in their tales. A few months ago just before […] Read more…

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