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Book – Please Mr Postman by Alan Johnson

Book – Please Mr Postman by Alan Johnson

I loved Alan Johnson’s first book which was about being a child in the 50s and 60s. Please Mr Postman continues to take me on a history lesson as I learn what was going on in the world during the author’s long tenure as a postman through the 1970s. By now he’s married and living […]

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Book: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Book: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Well this has been a long time a coming. Spurred on by the Super Bowl appearance in 2009 – the one that I actually watched as I was in New York at the time. That seemed the epitome of success for the boss and this book started getting written. It’s written in the same prose […]

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Books of 2016: A summary of the year’s book habit

Books of 2016: A summary of the year’s book habit

A summary of this year’s book habit Books read: 13 (up from 7 last year) Best autobigoraphy This Boy by Alan Johnson Most enlightening Black Roses by Jane Thynne Biggest surprise Food of Love by Prue Leith Also enlightening Who’s Afraid of the Easter Rising 1916-2016 by James Heartfield and Kevin Rooney Newish book of […]

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Book – A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Book – A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

I picked this to take with me on my recent trip as it has a Canadian connection.  I found Digging for America hugely reduced on the last day in Montreal in 2009. I’d not come across the author before but it’s not unusual for me not to have read books other book fans are extremely familiar […]

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Book: Why Do I Say These Things by Jonathan Ross

Book: Why Do I Say These Things by Jonathan Ross

I kept seeing this in Brewsmiths, the much missed coffee shop that sold donated books to raise money for the Big Issue Fund. Published in 2008, I finally bought it on my last visit a year ago. Frankly I was trying to get as much of Brewsmiths to hold on to it; chairs, mugs, coffee […]

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Book: This Boy by Alan Johnson

Book: This Boy by Alan Johnson

I’ve known about the first Alan Johnson memoir for some time but it’s taken his third one to come out to prompt me to pick it up. I’ve also known it has been particularly well-regarded, the reason for the two follow- ups. I’m sure. I gave myself 5 days to read it but read it […]

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Book: The Prodigal Daughter by Prue Leith

Book: The Prodigal Daughter by Prue Leith

This is the follow-up to Food of Love, which started during WW2. The family story continues with a deeper look at the next generation. Starting in the swinging sixties, the prodigal daughter, Angelica (the character of the same name in Rug Rats crossed my mind more than once) decides to rebel against her families Italian […]

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Book: Food of Love by Prue Leith

There is a death scene in this book that made me gasp out loud, and yet it is beautiful. Having just read a war-time novel based in Germany, this one, based in England is not a natural next choice but as Prue Leith has the sequel out this month, I felt compelled. Plus the publisher […]

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Book: Black Roses by Jane Thynne

Book: Black Roses by Jane Thynne

One woman is torn between love, loyalty and duty…. I see this riveting book quite differently from the tagline.. Based in 1933, after Hitler comes to power and Clara Vine, born into British aristocracy goes to Berlin to become an actress. Here the film industry is booming, with the German dictator being a big fan […]

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Book: Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Book: Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Originally published on business blog I loved Bounce so have been anticipating this with some excitement. Matthew Syed undertakes all the research so we can just sit back and learn it all by reading his books. Bounce took the idea that just about anyone can be good at pretty much anything, it just takes practice. […]

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