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  2. Brilliant! So it wasn’t a Sand-Fairy after all.... Virginia Woolf’s A Broom of One’s Own - Virginia’s early years at Hogwarts.
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  4. Change-a-letter Book Title

    Metaborphosis - we studied this by Kafka for German A Level, and it was our nickname for it.
  5. I hear you! the Power of Love - Frankie Goes to Hollywood/Huey Lewis/Jennifer Rush
  6. What's the weather like?

    Oh yes, about 30 mins every night watering, I don't mind it though, it's relaxing and gets me moving after a day stuck working at my "desk". bit breezier today so a bit more comfy.
  7. Kindle and ebooks deals

    The whole First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie is 99p on kindle today (all three books together for 99p).
  8. Ha! I love this. This sounds like a reality TV show Five Children and Nit by E. Nesbit
  9. Listening 88% to What could possibly go wrong (the Chronicles of St Mary’s #6). Hope to finish it this afternoon.
  10. Wind Power - Thomas Dolby (those pesky turbines!)
  11. What's the weather like?

    Ah, that could be a rather awkward conversation.... I spend most of the time indoors, as it’s so sunny and breezy, I get sunburn very quickly. 10 minutes outside maximum at the mo. The forecast is for wall to wall sunshine for the next week....looks like a lot of time spending watering the plant pots.
  12. Thomas Hardy’s Less of the d'Urbervilles
  13. What's the weather like?

    My mum has a theory that all those wind farms are causing the winds..... Saturday was also windy and we had a brief downpour with hail for about 10 minutes, then it cleared up but was still very windy. Sunday and yesterday were glorious though, managed to get to a garden centre and it actually felt like a Bank Holiday weekend.
  14. Reap the Wild Wind - Ultravox
  15. Time Travel Book Recommendations

    Kage Baker has a fantastic series in which "The Company" creates cyborgs who travel back in time to retrieve things- starting with In the Garden of Iden. The primary character, Mendoza, was a little girl the Company saved from the Inquisition. James David has a series about dinosaurs and time travel, starting with Footprints of Thunder. Ben Elton- Time and TIme Again Michael Swanwick- Bones of the Earth Joe Haldeman- The Accidental TIme Machine LIz Jensen- My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time I have more recommendations if you are interested, let me know.
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  17. Some authors who write detective novels that are not so formulaic- Carol O'Connell (Mallory series), Becky Masterman (ex FBI agent), Sharon Bolton (Lacey Flint series in particular), Harry Dolan, Nicholas Obregon
  18. Bleak Mouse, by Charles Dickens.
  19. Firefly Summer - Maeve Binchy
  20. Ian Fleming's The Man With The Golden Bun - *raising one eyebrow* Bond, James Bond the Baker....
  21. Hello people! I have used this idea from bookgrouponline and I’m Sorry I Haven’t Got A Clue on BBC Radio 4. I’ve also tweaked the rules slightly. So, imagine book titles were changed quite differently if one letter is changed, or possibly added/removed. For example, if Nevil Shute’s post-apocalyptic novel On The Beach changed by adding an extra letter L, to On The Bleach , then it could be a lockdown scenario without hairdressers salons - On The Bleach. Another example could be another work of Shute’s The Pied Piper, changed to The Plied Piper, (so it was the memoir of a Scottish bag-player, who was once plied with too much alcohol before performing!) Do you get it?
  22. Charles Dickens

    Thanks for the replies, all. Think I am going to go with Pickwick Papers based on the above. Now I just need to get a copy (want a print version for this, not Kindle!).
  23. Kindle and ebooks deals

    All five of Douglas Adams' Hitch-Hiker's books are 99p on Kindle today.
  24. A Book Blog 2020 by Books do Furnish a Room

    Arrest Me for I Have Run Away A collection of short stories by Stevie Davies and they are of good quality and are broad in scope, but focus on small specifics as well as the bigger issues. I will let Davies herself explain: “My own interest in writing short story came late: as a novelist I’ve loved the complexity, magnitude and duration of the novel’s imaginative world. Sometimes episodes have broken away from a novel’s narrative and taken their own direction: I could neither use nor lose them. ‘Oud, 1942’ concerns expats in wartime Cairo and was dreamed up while writing my novel set in Egypt, Into Suez, as was ‘Red Earth, Cyrenaica’, the aftermath of a man’s wartime experience in the desert, and the anomalous love that has haunted him ever since. His wife knew nothing about it. Or did she? Short story thrives on small epiphanies, twists and divagations. I notice that they {the stories} are often concerned with magnitude and the infinitesimal. Perspective zooms in and out: the microscopic appears in close-up, in, for instance, the monologue ‘Pips’ in which an elderly widower in a dentist’s waiting room focuses on a pip lodged between his teeth. The pip is nothing and everything: he has taken his entire life along with him into that waiting room, as we do. In ‘Bead’, a child’s plastic bead becomes a figure for memory and its equivocations. In ‘Woman Recumbent’, Libby has fallen catastrophically and spends the night helplessly on the floor. Into her ken comes an ant, ‘the most minor of miracles. A creaturely presence’ which ‘no longer seemed as minuscule, but a companionate presence which she tacitly saluted. And there beside it, one human hair.’” Davies looks at grief in a couple of the stories, in one focussing feelings through a musical instrument (a cello). Musical instruments also play a role in other stories. The role of parenting runs through many of them and the links with abuse. There is great psychological depth and wisdom here. As always with Davies I was not disappointed and Woman Recumbent is a masterpiece. 10 out of 10 Starting The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  25. Shakespeare

    Well, it's coming up to June already(!) and I'm feeling my seasonal urge to read Midsummer Nights Dream, and if I can find my elderly DVD, watch that too. This is one play I'd like to see on stage, maybe semi ballet, it could be beautiful. Romeo and Juliet too is a summer read for me. At the other end of the scale, what but MacBeth and Antony and Cleopatra for deepest darkest winter? Seems silly, but habits form and to read these plays at other times just feels wrong to me now, so I dabble about in the others and various poetry, when I feel like a bit of musical expression throughout the year. Modern language can be so boring, can't it? I may tarry no longer - Happy All
  26. Charles Dickens

    Pickwick Papers for me. I love the way they form their own individual stories, but are connected. Just the right length for a " read". Of the other novels, Oliver Twist is an old favourite - if that's a suitable word to app!y. The happy ending for Oliver helps of course (sorry for the spoiler!) but I remember being stunned as a youngster on first reading of the harsh lives of the poor\parentless young of that time, and the system which abused them. Not only an enjoyable author and talented wordsmith, but these novels give us an insight into the actual kind of daily lives lived by those of equal status all those years ago. They're fascinating history lessons too. Just enjoy whichever you choose. Happy to All.
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