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    What did you think of the Tea Planters Wife, Madeline? It's escaped my clutches!
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    pack her wee bags and move up north, with six cats and a thousand and 87 pounds and ninety pence in her Bank of Scotland account. 'Now now lassie, do not worry. Sophie darling, do not..you can stay in our apartment at Cudgel street as long as you like. It's free to you darling as long as you're in a bit of turmoil', and at that Sophie began to cry again. This....
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    Whatever was I thinking of ??? I think I'm losing the plot lurked around her place, perving at her personal things when he thought she wasn't there. Fair gave her the creeps it did. And then there was her hairdressing job and the disastrous time she'd had with clients hair. It all got too much and she decided there was nothing for it but to ...
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  8. That will help! I'm sure there's a list somewhere where they list every book of the TV series, episode by episode! Unfortunately I don't have that list, I only have the list of mentioned books in an alphabetical order
  9. I'm a bit late to this, but I've read The Paying Guests and I found it tedious as well! It was a very particular kind of a shame because I enjoyed Fingersmith, which Jänet has mentioned by the same author, so much more! In case you want to read more by the author, do try Fingersmith I've read The Crimson Petal and the White and even though I agree in that they have the same kind of atmospheric kind of thing, I personally far more liked Fingersmith I'm currently reading The Beach House by Jane Green. It suits my scattered brain at the moment quite well!
  10. Finished Islander, an excellent read, 5/6, put The Radetzky March on brief hold, and barged my way through The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, as I needed to read it for my book group. A decent enough read, but didn't grab me particularly strongly, even skimming a couple of chapters, although the premise (story told through the eyes of the main human protagonist's dog) was an unusual and intriguing one, if not unique. 3/6. Brief reviews of both Islander and The Art of Racing in the Rain, posted on my blog thread. In the meantime, back to The Radetzky March.
  11. Willoyd's Reading 2018

    Islander by Patrick Barkham ***** As outlined in the previous post, the author visits a range of British islands, starting with one of the larger ones, the Isle of Man, and gradually working his way down in size until he lands up on Ray Island, a small uninhabited islet in the Essex marshes, with Hirta on St Kilda slightly out of sync on that, simply because of the logistics of when he could get there. Through his journeys he interviews a good range of inhabitants and examines island society and the lifestyles and histories involved. I found this to be a very sympathetic book. It's probably not surprising, but themes included a strong suspicion of outside interference, not least from conservation bodies, but an equally strong thread was the positivity towards to those coming to settle; sustaining a viable population is definitely a concern amongst smaller settlements (the primary school population apparently being a significant marker). Having said that, equally striking was the diversity, an no shortage of strong characters, probably because that's what island life takes. Barkham is not afraid to voice an opinion, although never does so in anything more than measured tones, and only when he appears to have listened, learned and worked to understand. Having visited a couple of the islands profiled, amongst others, it's certainly made feel more aware of both the issues and character, andinspired to investigate further. Sounds as if we need to pack the seasick tablets, as we're off to Barra and South Uist this summer! An excellent read, definitely worthy of its shortlisting for the Wainwright Prize- 5/6. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein *** This is the story of Denny, an aspiring racing driver, his relationship with his dog Enzo, and his fight to keep his family intact as life's vicissitudes (and some malevolent relatives) threaten them, as told from Enzo's perspective. Enzo is an unusual dog who is remarkably human in thinking if not in action, certainly wiser than most, and with a penchant for speed! It's an unusual, if not unique, take that adds an interesting twist to what is in all truth an otherwise fairly standard tale that found me skimming through a fair bit in the middle of the book. I settled down more towards the end, and found the ending more moving with an unexpected and intriguing epilogue; I liked the fact that it had been flagged in the story, but had still managed to slip under my radar. I suspect that this is a better book than I'm probably giving it credit for, but it was a book group choice, and for some reason I seem to be struggling to settle to either of my groups' reads at present, maybe because there's so much else I want to read and too many of these I feel are not. So, three stars, but probably top end and perhaps deserving of another (but I'm not going to award it!). 3/6 - solid read, but didn't grab.
  12. Good to hear you're enjoying War and Peace. I loved it, and have read it a couple of times now. I think it's far more readable than it's bulk and provenance suggest, I was very pleasantly surprised to find, and you seem to be finding this too. Hope you have a good time in Wales, and look forward to reading what else you have to say about it.
  13. How many books have you read this year?

    30 up for the year so far - a bit later than the past couple of years, but earlier than any prior to then. Surprises me, as I've been reading more bigger books this year, whilst not finding it easy to keep momentum going. I think the latter is partly because I'm reading too many book group selections that aren't doing an awful lot for me this year. Hope these pick up soon.
  14. If you like the atmosphere of World War II, I highly recommand you In the garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. The historical story is true, such as the characters, but it's written as a novel. I've read it very quickly ! Sorry about my English grammar... I'm French
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  16. What's Up in June? - 2018

    The cats are a little unsettled as it is all new to them, but they will get there. The boldest of the two, Billie, has been exploring the house and sniffing everything. She is a very loving cat and was on both of our laps this morning having a good purr and sniff. The shyest of the two, Becky in the meantime gave us a bit of a fright. We heard one of them come into our bedroom in the night meowing but couldn't see any eyes so thought they were probably just exploring, but when we woke up we couldn't find Becky anywhere. Eventually we found her hiding under the bed. We have one of those beds that can be raised, so when Coran raised her half during the night Becky crawled underneath - that must have been the meowing we heard. I of cause had to go to work but Coran was at home today and she tells me that Becky found her way out by late morning. At the moment she is hiding under the settee but she seems quite content there so we are not worried. Neither of them have eaten or used the litter box but again that's normal and to be expected. I got them both a cat igloo on the way home tonight which should help them by providing a safe place to retreat to as they start to get bolder. We are going to shut the bedroom door tonight though just in case! If they still don't eat tomorrow we will get some cat milk from Sainsburys as apparently they like that and it contains a lot of vitamins and things that they need.
  17. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
  18. Long time since my last post. War and Peace is going well and I'm only about 100 pages from finishing it. I had originally planned to read a chapter a day and at that rate it would have taken almost a year to finish so I'm pretty much 6 month ahead of schedule. The book started fairly slowly and the sheer amount of characters made it a little tricky to keep track of everything. However from about the halfway point it has all started to fall into place and I'm really enjoying it and will be sad when it's all over. The writing isn't hard to digest and the short chapters make dipping in and out easy. The experience has made me start thinking about the next 'big' book I want to read alongside my normal reading. I'm off to Wales tonight for a few days and I should have it finished by the time I return so i will post up some more thoughts then.
  19. Walking My Baby Back Home - Johnny Ray
  20. What's your current news about?

    That is an understatement.
  21. Muggle Not - 2018 Books Read

    29. The Outsider - Stephen King - 8/10 - The first part of the book moved pretty slow and mainly consisted of interviews of a horrific crime that had been committed. Gradually the book picked up steam and got interesting. I was surprised, pleasantly, when characters from previous books started to be mentioned and in one case became a key person in the book. Overall it was a good read but still not on the scale of King's best books.
  22. What's your current news about?

    For me the bottom line is, illegal immigrants are people, they have a human right to dignity even if being deported. Trump is an overtly obnoxious being isn't he?
  23. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
  24. What's Up in June? - 2018

    That sounds lovely, I wish the 4 of you a lot of fun . This morning we took the dogs for a dog walk. We hadn't done that in a few days, because my dad has been away or has had to leave the house early and come back late. The dogs really enjoyed their walk. It looked like it was going to rain, but it didn't (it still looks that way, so maybe it will rain later).
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