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Book: The Space Between by Kristie Cook

Book: The Space Between by Kristie Cook

The Book of Phoenix Part 1 What a strange unusual book! It swaps between 1989 and 2012 and features two sets of people, both of whom are destined to meet. What we are waiting to find out is, why? At first we are introduced to Leni, a dancer on tour in Italy who assures us […]

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Book: Black and British A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

Book: Black and British A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

This has proved to be the compelling read I expected after seeing some of the BBC Black and British series it is based on. I popped it on my Christmas list after realising I’d missed a chunk of the series while I was away in Canada late last year. The programme that fascinated me the […]

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Book: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

Book: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

I’d seen this book in book stores and heard people talking about it long before I went to an event where the author discussed it. I’m surprised to hear it is her debut and yet so many people at the event were already fans. I’m always intrigued when a book is written from a child’s […]

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Book – The Pursuit of Happyness – Chris Gardner

Book – The Pursuit of Happyness – Chris Gardner

Yes, I have been wanting to read this ever since I saw the film based on this true story back in 2006. The film is based on just the weeks where Gardner finds himself in lone care of his toddler son and homeless. The book is a full biography, from growing up fatherless in a […]

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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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