Category Archives: BOOKS

A likeable, touching mid-life crisis! Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler. A literary review.

Male, forty-three going on forty-four, OCD sufferer, who likes to put the bins out for the neighbours and who hates radio phone-in shows.  No, this is not my profile from the Plenty of Fish dating website, but it could be. … Continue reading

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Murder and laughter! The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. A review

A humorous whodunit that keeps you guessing right until the end.  This is the verdict of Richard Osman’s, The Thursday Murder Club.  As the novel states at the back this therefore is, ‘his first and, so far, best novel.’ How … Continue reading

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The Inherited Outsider. THE VINTAGE BOOKSHOP OF MEMORIES by Elizabeth Holland. A review.

The Vintage Bookshop of Memories by budding author Elizabeth Holland, is an enchanting romantic novel, that is the perfect antidote for these austere times that we currently all find ourselves in.   The biggest compliment to give The Vintage Bookshop … Continue reading

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The woman too afraid to trust life! The Balance Between Life and Death by Elizabeth Holland – A review.

You know you have enjoyed reading a piece of literature when at the end it has moved you to tears.  You know you have enjoyed reading a story when you have not wanted it to end.  Finally, you also know … Continue reading

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AN INTERESTING-ISH, ETHICAL McEWAN, BUT NOT A HIGHLY ENJOYABLE ONE! ‘The Children Act’ by Ian McEwan: a review.

Having enjoyed Solar by renowned author Ian McEwan and then really enjoyed his spy thriller novel Sweet Tooth, I thought it was nailed on that The Children Act would be another high quality piece of work by him.  However, for … Continue reading

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FOREVER YOUNG : The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football’s Lost Genius! A review.

This book was interesting, moving, but at the same time it has to be said that it also had shades of blandness in places.  The latter aspect could have been easily remedied by it being about one hundred pages shorter. … Continue reading

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I WILL ALWAYS BE A SOFT, SENSITIVE AND EMOTIONAL MAN. I AM SO GLAD THAT I AM TOO…….WELL, MOST OF THE TIME!

I will always be a SOFT, SENSITIVE and EMOTIONAL MAN.  This is a fact of life that I do not mind one bit. Well OK, at times I wish was a bit harder, bit rougher around the edges but that … Continue reading

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AN UNSATISFYING DRAMA! ‘THE CASUAL VACANCY’ -EPISODE THREE REVIEW.

After seeing the concluding part of this drama last night the verdict is now clear, I DEFINITELY PREFER THE BOOK OVER THE TV ADAPTATION! This third episode in many ways was a bit all over the place.  Like episode two, … Continue reading

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I NOW PREFER THE BOOK! ‘THE CASUAL VACANCY’ -EPISODE TWO REVIEW.

After watching the first episode of The Casual Vacancy last week I did a blog about how I preferred this TV version to the J.K Rowling book it is based upon.  I watched the second installment last night and have … Continue reading

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A CASUAL HIT! ‘The Casual Vacancy’ – episode one review.

Think The Vicar of Dibley with elements of Eastenders in it and you will pretty much have an idea of what the first episode of this new three part BBC1 drama was like.  The screenplay was written by Sarah Phelps … Continue reading

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