Category Archives: Non-fiction

“Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt (1997) – a blistering if controversial tale of an unforgettable childhood

That was the month (of March) that was, and ‘Tis an understatement to say how frustrating it was that reading had to take such a back seat. Have relished following so many stories of everyone’s Irish Reading Month adventures and … Continue reading

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“Cider with Rosie” by Laurie Lee (1959) – poetry in motion

Nothing whatsoever to do with “Under Milk Wood”, in fact couldn’t be a more innocent portrayal of youth in many ways – and there’s nothing even remotely as flamboyant about this man’s somewhat idyllic childhood in a remote village set in a … Continue reading

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“The C-Word” by Lisa Lynch (2010) – telling it like it is

It’s not bloody right. Have just finished reading “The C-Word” and am feeling indignant and fed up with the injustice of it all. Lisa Lynch was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 28 after having already experienced the heartbreak of … Continue reading

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“I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai (2013) & “Creating Room to Read” by John Wood (2013) – hope springing eternal

In these uncertain times of mass migration and seemingly solution-less problems, I have been bowled over by two very different yet parallel stories of hope in a world that is now struggling to deal with global issues on a scale … Continue reading

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Literary Trail I – New York: Helen Mirren, “The Lady/Woman in Gold” & “The Audience”

Miracles never cease. If D hadn’t pulled off an amazing one-time-only week of work placement in New York, and if N hadn’t mentioned the idea of going to the cinema there and seeing “The Woman in Gold” before it came … Continue reading

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“Teatime in Paris: A Walk Through Easy French Pâtisserie Recipes” by Jill Colonna (2015) – book review

Well, what a turn out for the books! Bit of a departure from the norm for me, but simply too good to resist… Found myself by sheer coincidence in just the right place at the right time last week: took … Continue reading

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“Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life” by Nina Stibbe (2013) – book review

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. HAHAHA.  Laugh-out loud funny. Thank you for the recommendation, S. Not since the original Bridget Jones hit the shelves back in 1996 has a book made me cackle so merrily. Helen Fielding had us all … Continue reading

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