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Getting Started in Crime Fiction

Guest post by Rachel Abbott.

People often ask me why I decided to write thrillers, and I’m never sure what the right answer is. I have always loved reading thrillers – not so much traditional crime fiction, but more the psychological, slightly twisted, tales that chill a person to the bone. 832 more words

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Love Your Larder, Love Your Library

I think it is fair to say that anybody can eat very cheaply in the very short term. But what about the longer term, when you are either trying to trim your budget to save up for a special occasion such as a birthday or Christmas, or to give you some spare funds to donate to the Lifeline Larder, or if you are suddenly faced with an unknown quantity if time, having lost a job? 389 more words

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Friday Flips: Chinese New Year related books

Two more weeks to Chinese New Year (CNY)! Are you busy spring cleaning your homes or spending time baking those delicious pineapple tarts?

For me, I’ve been trying to share as many stories on CNY as possible to Faith, as well as items related to the festival, like hong bao (red packets), lanterns and Chinese greetings. 244 more words


THE BOOKSHELF 001: Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates

Don’t be alarmed by the title, or if you are, pause and consider why exactly it is that you’re alarmed by the title.

The eponymous project by Laura Bates was started in early 2012. 525 more words


Sunstein and Hastie Must Be Smart, and Nice Too!

I finished reading Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter.

The blogpost title references one of the problems with groups identified by Sunstein and Hastie (page 98), which is that we tend to respect and like people more once they have told us something that we already know. 303 more words

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caregiving chronicles: why i'm reading 'tuesdays with morrie' again

Do you know someone with dementia? Maybe you know someone who knows someone. Or someone who knows someone who knows someone.

It’s a difficult disease to say the least. 371 more words

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I have been loaned Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter, a new book from Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie. This book aims to explore reasons why group decision-making can go wrong and offer suggestions for improving the decision-making performance of groups. 120 more words

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