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Advent calendar 14th December – my literary guilty pleasure

I’m not entirely sure that I believe in guilty pleasures but sometimes you want to substitute the literary equivalent of the wholemeal scone and vegetable soup for something a little less penitential. Something that doesn’t require deep consideration and is … Continue reading

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Advent calendar 13th December – What I’m reading now

Joanna Cannon and I have been Facebook and Twitter chums for a long time now and I have seen her writing go from insightful and moving blog posts written between shifts as a doctor in a hospital psychiatric unit to … Continue reading

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Advent calendar 12th December – The book I always give as a gift

I’m cheating a little here because it isn’t so much one book that I tend to give as a gift but one of (currently) 115. Persephone Books have been republishing neglected books by mostly women writers since 1998, specialising in … Continue reading

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Advent calendar 11th December – Favourite movie adaptation

Sometimes, when a book makes the journey to the silver screen, it isn’t always the easiest of transitions. Subtleties can get lost, characters can go AWOL, and sometimes even major plotlines can simply disappear into thin air. And that’s before … Continue reading

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Advent calendar 10th December – The book that made me cry

I defy anyone to read Black Beauty and not be reduced to a sniffling, sobbing mess at least two or three times. If you haven’t read it – although I can’t imagine that there’s anyone left in the world who … Continue reading

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