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'Elizabeth is Missing' by Emma Healey

‘Elizabeth is Missing’ is the huge bestselling novel by Emma Healey that stormed the book charts earlier this year. The premise itself is interesting – Maud is an aging pensioner who lives alone and whose world is slowly crumbling around her as Alzheimer’s takes its bitter hold over her body. 780 more words

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How To Improve Your English Writing

You have probably heard this before, but one of the best ways to improve your English writing is to read. If you can write well in your language, you have no doubt read extensively. 631 more words

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Celebrate St George's Day with English authors

A few years ago a colleague asked me to recommend a novel or a writer that would epitomise England. It was a question I found nigh on impossible to answer at the time. 601 more words

Reading Reflections

'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Christie

This is a fantastic, and slightly disturbing, mystery that kept me absolutely hooked from start to finish. I thought on Thursday morning – ‘OK let’s read that next; I’ll enjoy that over the weekend’. 991 more words

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'The Horse and his Boy' by C.S.Lewis

I am a little torn about this latest instalment of the Narnian chronicles. It tells the fairly straight forward narrative of a boy, Shasta, who has seemingly been abandoned since birth and brought up by Arsheesh, who treats him as little better than a slave. 1,149 more words

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The Stand-Up

She’s a stand-up, and she’s only 14.

So we’re driving down to Winchester on one of our Saturday afternoon jaunts, and I come off the soulless M3 motorway to take the old carriage way. 461 more words

Quirks Of History

Kathy Waller reblogged this on Kathy Waller ~ Telling the Truth, Mainly and commented:

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="75" class="zemanta-img"]Jane Austen Jane Austen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] Jane Austen at a PUB? Yes! Maddie Shrewsday, Kate's fourteen-year-old daughter, speculates on what Jane did there. Prepare to be enlightened. And to LAUGH.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C.S.Lewis

I have incredibly fond memories of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ Every Sunday late afternoon, when I was 9 or 10, we watched the BBC Adaptation of the novel and it was a revelation. 1,174 more words

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