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For the Joy of Reading: Undying: A Love Story

This book is extraordinary.   It is Michel Faber’s elegy for his wife, who died of cancer.   In the Foreword he says that he is not a writer of poetry.   395 more words

Books And Reading



Michel Faber (www.michelfaber.com)

Canongate (canongate.tv)


Something of a mini-review today, in order to share a surprise book that I inhaled in a single sitting and feel the strong urge to share it with the world. 443 more words


The Cherry Trees of Canongate Kirk

There are two major reasons for traveling to Edinburgh in early May rather than any other time of the year: (1) the weather is usually fair at this time; and (2) that’s when the cherry trees in front of the Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile are in bloom! 379 more words



Kevin Barry

First Sentence:     He set out for the place as an animal might, as though on some fated migration.

Back of the book:

He will spend three days alone on his island. 179 more words


Book Event Review: Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

I first read this book on a solo trip to Scarborough.  Encased in dated accommodation above a pub, stuck in the middle of nowhere and not feeling great, I remember feeling so empathic towards the author that a few tears were shed. 314 more words

Who doesn't love moaning?

Everyone’s favourite idiot, Karl Pilkington, is releasing his latest book entitled “More Moaning, The Enlightened One Returns” on Thursday 2nd June. I have been avidly awaiting it’s release since the airing of the accompanying television show last year, so you can understand how excited I was to get my hands on a copy today!! 19 more words

Daily Thoughts

Cure - a journey into the science of mind over body by Jo Marchant

I find books about health, the nature of the mind and body really fascinating, so this book by Jo Marchant was always going to be right up my street. 1,494 more words