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Book: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Coglan

Book: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Coglan

I picked this up from Brewsmiths café, on its last day of opening and the day after the Paris attacks on 13th November 2015. The café would sell donated books to raise funds for charity so I selected a few and this seemed an obvious choice, despite it being unfamiliar. It is the only time […]

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Book: Leadership by Alex Ferguson & Michael Moritz

Book: Leadership by Alex Ferguson & Michael Moritz

You cannot lead by following… Michael Moritz No chasing of money. Provide excellence in everything you do, the money will come in…Alex Ferguson   My job was to make everyone understand the impossible was possible. That’s the difference between leadership and management. Here are some snippets from the second best business book I have read, […]

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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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Movie – The Book Thief

Movie – The Book Thief

The second movie I’ve watched based in the war era but what a wondrous film! Better than I expected. It opens with a mother taking her two young children on a dingy train journey but one dies en route. We only know later that the daughter, Liesel, is going to be ‘adopted’ (read taken in) […]

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4 hour work week

Book – The 4-hour work week, Tim Ferriss (Part 1)

Despite knowing about this book when it first came out, I thought I would dislike it and never got round to picking it up. It was lent to me and now that I’ve read it, not only did I enjoy it, in context, I realise I actually am doing or have done in the last […]

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Book – Notes from a small Island by Bill Bryson

Book – Notes from a small Island by Bill Bryson

I’ve been warned about reading too much Bryson. Whereas I found his memoir of growing up in middle America enchanting, this one about arriving in Britain is frustrating, entertaining and funny in almost equal measures. I nearly gave up reading a few times but I’m not quitter; I have to keep reminding myself that he […]

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Talli Roland’s novel, The Hating Game, available today

Talli Roland’s novel, The Hating Game, available today

Help! The very talented Talli Roland’s debut novel THE HATING GAME is out today and we all think it deserves to hit the Kindle bestseller list at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk . Please help by spreading the word today. Even a few sales in a short period of time on Amazon helps push the book up […]

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Book – Dear Fatty by Dawn French

Book – Dear Fatty by Dawn French

I read another book, indeed a memoir that I wish I had thought of first. Perhaps I’ll do it in five years when everyone has forgotten this one. Having said that, obviously my books won’t get anywhere near the coverage that Dawn French gets so I can just nick the idea. Dawn French’s memoirs are […]

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Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

Forgot to put this on my Birthday list this year. Not that I desperately need it, I don’t cook and I don’t watch films on DVD, but it’s one of my favourite movies of recent years. Share the love…

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Book – Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

Book – Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

New York Times food critic The more I read of Ruth Reichl’s memoirs as a food critic at the New York Times after being headhunted from the LA Times, the more I compare her work to those of other food critics. AA Gill by no means lavishes praise on all the restaurants he visits for […]

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