The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

21st May 2016

Thank go to Becky at Penguin Random House for this early copy, and as you can see from the top photo it came wrapped up in a sort of spoof newspaper featuring parts of the novel. Such a clever idea!  I tell you those publicity folk know their onions. They make getting a proof such an exciting thing for us. You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall This is the…

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Book Review: The Book Collector by Alice Thompson

16th May 2016

This was purchased on the recommendation of Jen Campbell, who has impeccable taste in books, although i dont always like everything she recommends, this one was a winner. Its published by Salt Publishing and is quite a short read of just 159 pages but each one of them is packed with beautiful, lyrical writing. I think its deserving of an acrostic review The Book Collector is simply brilliant Hard to tell fact from fiction, truth…

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When i was young

15th May 2016

I have had a poem and a book review published! Don’t panic though, they were published in my schools form magazine and I was 12! Yes it was all a long time ago. The magazine, if you can call it that was a very rough and ready affair that was compiled and created using some kind of copy machine I imagine. Out of all my old school books I had in storage this is the…

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BOOK REVIEW: Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter

12th May 2016

I have wanted to read this for ages, since last year in fact. Everywhere i turned on Twitter people were recommending it and saying great things so it was inevitable that I would get a copy. This is written in a free form prose fashion ( i hope you understand what i mean, im not good at explaining myself sometimes) and I’ve been trying to get back into poetry for a while now having read…

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Book Haul Part 2

9th May 2016

When I did part 1 the other day I knew I had some more books coming from an order I placed, I didnt know though that I would get some more lovely review copies too. They all came on the same day and it was like Christmas all over again. Books i bought Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf – I’ve read a sample of this and it sounds wonderful. Its his final work…

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Book Haul Part 1

6th May 2016

Hi there, Its ages since i did a book haul so I thought i’d share my latest acquisitions with you all. I know how much you want to have a nosy at my bookish piles (dont be rude!) and dont deny it coz i’m just the same! So here they are Purchases Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter – i’ve lost count of how many people have said this is just awesome…

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Book Review: The Followers by Rebecca Wait

2nd May 2016

  I bought this myself cos it sounded rather good and do you know what? it really was too although, I was a little disappointed with the ending but I’ll come to that in a minute. It begins with Stephanie and her daughter Judith. Stephanie is a struggling single mum who meets the charismatic Nathaniel one day in the cafe she works in.  What happens as she gets sucked in by him and ends up…

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Cabbage Patch Doll Talkies 2 & 3

1st May 2016

Yes i bought some more talking dolls! Even though my first one hadnt been restored to working order. Now i have three working, talking dolls although the mouth movements on one of them has seized up again since repair.  Considering these dolls are 30 years old I think its damn clever how well made they are, and its a miracle they work at all. They can detect when other dolls are within range of them…

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Talking cabbage patch doll No. 1

27th April 2016

This is my latest purchase and isnt she a honey? This is a talking cabbage patch doll by Coleco. I’m not sure when she dates from, Coleco made them up to 1989 but i’ve also read that Mattel made talking ones so who knows. All I know is that she is gorgeous albeit a bit heavy with all the gubbins inside her and much less cuddly but she has a soft squidgy face which is…

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My week in photos

21st April 2016

Another week and we are almost through April now, this year just speeds up each month, I swear it does! Well here in photo form is the last 7 days 4 fab books from publishers Head of Zeus 2 more fab books from Headline and Pan Macmillan and as if I needed more I treated myself to this selection my feet in stripey socks for no other reason than i can see caption above love…

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