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Georgette Heyer has been on my mind – and my bedside table – an awful lot recently, partly because her delicious novels are always the perfect antidote to depressing headlines, and partly because Jilly Cooper chose Devil’s Cub as one of her Books That Built Me. 812 more words

Authors At The Books That Built Me

My name is Catherine and I’m a bookaholic.

I saw a funny cartoon online yesterday. It depicted a bleary-eyed woman emerging from her crumpled bed sheets captioned, ‘The morning after the book before’. Wow, did that resonate with me. 525 more words



Rock and roll research takes me to Doncaster in Yorkshire and a chance to look around a place I’ve never thought of visiting before. 1,828 more words



As I mentioned in my previous post, I have just had a baby.

She is snuffly, limb-twitchy, peely-skinned: oh-so-new.  I am entranced. She has also reacquainted me with the hours between 10pm and 5am (and my toddler already has me well acquainted w ith 5am onwards.)  There’s only one thing to take you through those long night feeds, my friends – through those jiggly, bottom-patting hours of swaying and soothing.   528 more words

Book Review

On Horses

Source: http://pitchinternational.com/

My nephew got married at Ascot, top hat and in a fancy carriage with his newly wed wife. My ex had come from Wales, where everything is so green in the valley and everyone so alike, she went to the races with her brother, it’s a hobby that costs a fortune. 262 more words

Creative Writing

Culture: Chick Lit or Hit?

8 February 2013, Varsity Culture Section

The life and death of Sylvia Plath have always been cloaked in controversy. From her marriage to Ted Hughes, and her suicide at age 30, Plath has always been able to shock and stir the emotions of her public. 469 more words


Pot Pourri

The last few weeks I have been spent going around the country like Phileas Fogg, or Willy Fogg depending on which version you grew up with.  525 more words