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  • Birthday 05/30/1966

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  1. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Ooh, I've been meaning to try something by this author. Thanks.
  2. Matt Haig

    Someone recommended that to me last week - it sounds good.
  3. Willoyd's Reading 2017

    Yes, congratulations.
  4. We listened to it in the car on holiday in Norfolk (where it's set) in May. We both enjoyed it - me more than Peter. I'm definitely planning to listen to or read the second one.
  5. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie The ‘blurb’ A woman is killed by a poisoned dart in the enclosed confines of a commercial passeneger plane… From seat No.9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. Over to his right sat a pretty young woman, clearly infatuated with the man opposite; ahead, in seat No.13, sat a Countess with a poorly-concealed cocaine habit; across the gangway in seat No.8, a detective writer was being troubled by an aggressive wasp. What Poirot did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No.2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman. On a plane returning from France to Croydon airport, Poirot gives up his seat in order that two women can sit together and settles down to try to sleep. However, before the plane lands a woman is discovered to be dead. At first it seems like it might have been an allergic reaction to a wasp sting, but Poirot knows differently when he discovers a dart. It soon turns out that there is a suspect, and it's Poirot himself! It seems that in the act of kindness in giving up his seat, he has put himself under suspicion. Luckily for Poirot, Inspector Japp has been assigned to the case, and he and Poirot, with some unlikely help in the shape of a crime writer who was also on the fated journey, investigate the murder – which can only have been carried out by one of those travelling on the plane… As usual, there are plenty of twists and turns in the story, and the usual red herrings. We didn't solve this one before Poirot (that's only happened a couple of times!) and the reveal, when it came, was very clever. We're taking a break from listening to Poirot books – but I'm sure we'll find our way back to them before too long! The paperback edition is 272 pages long and is published by HarperCollins. It was first published in 1935. The ISBN is 9780008129538. 4/5 (I enjoyed it) (Finished 30 April 2017)
  6. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I hope so too. I thought it was excellent.
  7. Pubs in books

    How could I forget that, @willoyd! Although I haven't read PP yet, we spent our wedding night in the Leather Bottle in Cobham! There is a pub in Bath called the Sam Weller. I guess it must be named after that character too.
  8. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    We went to the Bronte Parsonage on Monday in Haworth - it was really very interesting. They are undergoing a project at the moment to recreate Wuthering Heights in people's handwriting, so I got to write out a line, and when the book is finished it is going to be bound and exhibited during 2018 at the museum! I got to keep the pencil too! We then went to Oakworth station which features in the Lionel Jeffries film version of The Railway Children which is one of my favourite books and films. We bought a couple of platform tickets so I could take some photos, and the stationmaster (he's not called that but I can't remember his proper title!) came out and spent an hour with us showing us behind the scenes stuff that's not normally open to the public! We watched two steam trains and one electric train come in, and the electric one was being shunted so we chatted to the drivers. Fascinating stuff.
  9. Pubs in books

    We had a family celebration (my Aunt and Uncle's golden wedding) at the Peveril of the Peak hotel, @Alexi Ooh, and that reminds me about the pub in Rutland that featured in our Counties book! I have also been into the hotel that featured in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge - The Kings Arms Hotel in Dorchester.
  10. Pubs in books

    I've only just noticed this thread, @KEV67 - I'm surprised nobody else has posted in it. The most obvious one I can think of is Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. I would like to visit the inn one day, although it is, obviously, very commercialised. Not a pub, but Dickens also mentions the hotel The Royal Victoria and Bull in Rochester - I drank many a Midori (yuk!) in there as a late teen/early twenty gal! I'm going on a London Literary Pub Crawl with my husband in August, so I'll report back then.
  11. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I have two days to finish it, @Alexi and I'm only on about page 30! The writing is a bit odd. I'm hoping to have a good slog at it on Thursday morning! I'm going to Swansea by train on Friday and back on Sunday - I'm trying to decide whether to download a new audio book or read something on my Kindle. We're going to Yorkshire on Sunday (hubby is picking me up from the train in Bristol) - we started The Lewis Man by Peter May (book 2 of a trilogy) on Saturday and are enjoying it, so we should get a lot done on the journey up.
  12. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I preferred Middlemarch and Silas Marner, but it was good, @Lau_Lou. I guessed the ending... and was completely wrong! That's some haul.
  13. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I finished The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot today. I've been reading other things alongside it, so it took me a month. I'm moving on to Please Look After Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin, which is a Book Club book.
  14. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

    Quite a few people here have read it, including me. I thought it was very good. My Mum has read another one of his too, and was a bit disappointed. I think I have one on my Kindle!
  15. Your Book Activity - June 2017

    I'm another who really enjoyed The Miniaturist, @bobblybear I've read a couple of his books. Dated (obviously) but still a good read.