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BOOKS TO WHILE AWAY THE HOURS DAY 3

Day three and my choice is by an Irish author (in my opinion some of the best writers come out of Ireland) Niall Williams. His novel “HISTORY OF THE RAIN” is a bitter sweet story set in County Clare, where the author lives. It was long-listed for the BOOKER PRIZE in 2014. We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive or keep alive those who only live now in the telling. In Faha, County Clare, everyone is a long story…Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, in the margin between […]

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BOOKS TO WHILE AWAY THE HOURS DAY 2

My choice today is THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS by Robert Dodds, and is for lovers of historical fiction. “A gripping and absorbing read” HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY ​It is 1490. Northern Europe is in the grip of sweeping plagues and religious inquisitions, and in daily terror of the Day of Judgement. In the town of Den Bosch, the artist Jerome (Hieronymus Bosch) paints his visionary denunciation of sin and folly, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’, while his neglected wife Aley […]

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CHOOSING A BOOK TO WHILE AWAY THE HOURS day 1

While we are all in our own way trying to survive the coronavirus I thought that each day I would share with you one of my favourite books. You will soon realise that if I find an author I like, then I try to read all of their books. My first selection is a Scottish author and poet, Andrew Greig, and the book is, “In Another Light.” A young man leans over the railings of the ocean liner bound for the exotic shores of Penang. It is early in the 1930s and Dr Alexander Mackay is on his way to take […]

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International Women´s Day 2020

​International Women’s Day, whose theme this year is “I Am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights,” is celebrated on the 8th March. It was first organised in 1909 in New York by the Socialist Party of America to draw attention to women’s rights, and to bolster the demand for women’s suffrage. For years the day was associated with Socialist and Communist movements; in 1936, on the eve of the Spanish Civil War, Dolores Ibárruri, a leading memb […]

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Interview with Melissa Addey

Melissa Addey is an author, speaker and mother of two.  I am particularly pleased to have her here today, on my blog, because her passions are so similar to my own. Thank you Melissa, for finding the time in your very busy life to talk to me today. ​Q. Tell us a bit about yourself, Melissa. When did you realise that you wanted to be a writer?I read a huge amount as a child and learnt to read very fast, so I got through books at a terrific rate. I used to write a little bit as a […]

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NEWSLETTER

Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2020 brings all that you could wish for.  As far as I’m concerned it can’t be worse than 2019 when I lost my husband, my best friend of almost thirty years. So for me this last year has been a time of readjustment which included selling my house and buying another one all within the space of a month. Pretty exhausting but it certainly is nice to have it all over quickly. So why am I telling you all this? Well, it’s to explain why I h […]

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