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Book: Everywoman by Jess Phillips

Book: Everywoman by Jess Phillips

Curious, I picked this up as it was staring at me on a topical library shelf. My deal being if the first page intrigued me, I’d give it a read. In fact, it made me giggle, as did the next few pages. Progressively, the tone got darker although I still read it as Jess would […]

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Book: Sisters of Gold by Annie Murray

Book: Sisters of Gold by Annie Murray

With the case of this Annie Murray publication, never judge a book by it’s cover. Although the cover of Sisters of Gold does mention the dark secrets the story teases as it weaves in and out of their rural, religious upbringing to explain their current actions. In 1904, Margaret and Annie have arrived by train […]

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Book – New St Stories

Book – New St Stories

The short stories in this book take you for a walk down New St and you will never see the street in the same way again. The oldest story is 400 years old and others are based on the present day. Plus there is everything in between to make you take a double take at every […]

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Book – The Bride’s Tail by A.A. Abbott

Book – The Bride’s Tail by A.A. Abbott

In this, the first of A.A. Abbott’s revenge trail series, we are introduced to a web of characters all somehow linked, despite being based in both London and Birmingham. The locations are typical for the author, having worked or lived in both, she shows an intimate knowledge of the cities. As the description suggests, there […]

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Book: The Girl from Hockley by Kathleen Dayus

Book: The Girl from Hockley by Kathleen Dayus

What struck me early on is the tagline ‘growing up in working class Birmingham’ is not the working class I recall. I grew up in Bedford, some 70 years behind the author but my idea of working class is someone who needs to work as they don’t have any other means of income. However Katy […]

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Welcome to Birmingham: Resort World

Welcome to Birmingham: Resort World

  It was a chef that first changed my mind. Possibly like you, I supposed here’s another Americanism popping into our culture right here on our city’s doorstep. But as I’ve heard more about Resort World, I’ve grown markedly more excited. Of course it’s bringing jobs and many £££s into the region but more than that, […]

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Birmingham Literature Festival 2015

Birmingham Literature Festival 2015

Having missed out on the Man Booker event last year, I checked months in advance for the BLF dates this year to avoid any clashes. I’d kept the whole 11 days free, bar two immovable day events and of course, I missed the one relevant workshop for me; Rough Diamonds about writing personal stories. Non-fiction writers like […]

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The New New Street Station

The New New Street Station

  For nearly all of the six years I have been living in Birmingham, one of our three stations has been receiving a major face lift. New Street station, one of the busiest in the UK with, I hear, 170,000 passengers going through it daily (twice what it was built for in 1967), previously functioned and […]

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Dear Library of Birmingham

Dear Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is a beautiful building, nonetheless, I had my doubts that it was going to be functional from the start. Having coped without a weekly visit to the old library for nine months, like many, I counted down the weeks to having access to a local library again. The excitement remains even […]

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Breakfast in Birmingham

Breakfast in Birmingham

Five places to go for breakfast or in the case of those places opening later, brunch. Brewsmiths For an honest to goodness breakfast, Brewsmiths is the place to go. Regulars (the JQ Royalty) know what the 1B is (sausage pattie, bacon, poached egg, toast with jam/marmalade & filter coffee or breakfast tea) or indeed the […]

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