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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: Still Whispering After All These Years by Bob Harris

Book: Still Whispering After All These Years by Bob Harris

Having been an avid listener to the Bob Harris Country show (and also the sadly defunct, late-night Americana show), I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to get round to reading his book. It is, after all, an essential read. Just as when I read sports books, I’m gobsmacked at how many stats are collated here. […]

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Book – The Gift of the Gab by David Crystal

Book – The Gift of the Gab by David Crystal

The book I first came across when the author appeared at Birmingham Literature Festival a few years ago finally made it into my home. His talk is so full of good tips on being articulate that I decided there and then that I’ll buy the book later as a business tool. Not that I do […]

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Book: The Dwarfs of Death by Jonathan Coe

Book: The Dwarfs of Death by Jonathan Coe

My first Jonathan Coe book. I know. I bought it as it’s against my law to go be in Edinburgh and not buy a book from Fopp. I actually bought three as an author package, so this is an intro to this long established, local author. (Well, he was bought up in Birmingham, anyway) The […]

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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: Ratner: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again

Book: Ratner: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again

I think many of us felt a little sorry when Gerald Ratner made that speech that lead to his eventual exit from his own father’s jewellery company. Especially when, as transpired, he’d said the same ‘crap’ joke at many speeches before. But this time, for whatever reason, the press went crazy and it cost him […]

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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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Book: 1971- Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth

Book: 1971- Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth

  If all we know of David Bowie was what he did in 1971 it would be more than enough. Changes, Oh! You Pretty Things, Life on Mars, The Bewlay Brothers, Hang On to Yourself, Five Years, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City and Starman are all from 1971. As if that wasn’t enough to quantify that […]

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