Category Archives: How to pick which book to read

The 2019 Booker Prize Shortlist

Having blogged about my Booker longlist reading, it’s time to turn my attention to the judge’s shortlist. Personally, I’m still not sure I’m ready for a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale (I haven’t been watching the TV version), so am … Continue reading

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A Question of Style: Writing in the present tense

Phew, it’s been a busy few weeks trying to cram in all my reviews of first the Bailey’s Prize and then the Man Booker International Prize shortlists.  I’ve still got a pile of books from spring waiting to be written … Continue reading

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Getting the most from genre fiction: spy novels

This last month I’ve been really enjoying the BBC series ‘Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes.’  For all kinds of reasons, traditional escapist literature is very appealing at the moment, but there were additional causes for my enjoyment. Although my … Continue reading

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‘Tis The Season to be Jolly: My Favourite Festive Reads

As the TV schedule fills up with re-runs and shops play Christmas carols on repeat, this is a time of year when it feel perfectly appropriate to return to tried and tested Christmas novels.  Here are my personal seasonal favourites. … Continue reading

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Inspired by Diverse December: an A-Z of BAEM authors for 2016

At the end of November a couple of Bloggers (at From Inside the Dog and The Writes of Woman) started up the #Diverse December reading challenge.  They argued eloquently and persuasively that it’s no good just ‘reading what’s out there’ when ‘what’s out there’ is … Continue reading

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Judging a book by its cover

If there’s one cliché that I hate it’s ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’.  I applaud the sentiment, but the metaphor just doesn’t work.  There are so many wonderful books out there and one of the few means readers … Continue reading

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Holiday Reading part II: The hand-luggage dilemma

Whist I can’t wait to get to New York, I’m aware that before then, I need to get through a 7 1/2 hour plane journey, plus airport and transit time.  On one hand, that much potentially uninterrupted reading time sounds … Continue reading

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