Paperback reader

Paperback reader
Gerrards Cross bookseller Rosy shares the paperback fiction she’s been escaping into recently. Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore This is the beautiful final novel from this masterful writer, who died in June. It is 1792 and young bride Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in Radical circles, whose ideals are starkly at odds with those of [...]

Revisiting some lesser known gemsR...

Revisiting some lesser known gems…
With new titles being issued by publishers on a constant basis, it’s often easy to overlook some of the wonderful older books that are still in print, modern classics and hidden gems that remain terrific reads today. With this in mind, I thought I would share a couple of my recommendations with you, books I’ve [...]

A Guide to Student Cookbooks…

A Guide to Student Cookbooks…
Its that’s time of year again when the heartstrings of parents all around the UK feel tugged as the first tentative steps of leaving home are taken – yes, the annual university convoy. Or is that the ‘rose tinted’ glasses version? and the reality is – thank goodness for that, I may be able to [...]

What Janet’s just read…

What Janet’s just read…
As you know, at the shops, we’re all passionate readers and we often have to fight each other for the privilege of reading some of the newest titles. Luckily, we don’t all enjoy the same things, my personal favourites are literary (and not so literary) contemporary fiction. I thought I’d share with you a few [...]

Roman Resilience

Roman Resilience
Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secret of High Performance by Matthew Syed Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed Grief Works by Julia Samuel Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant Caesar’s Footprints: Journeys to Roman Gaul by Bijan Omrani SPQR: A History [...]

Ode to Austen

Ode to Austen
While I draw the line at donning Regency garb and attending Pride and Prejudice conventions, I definitely consider myself to be a Janeite and have been marking this summer’s 200th anniversary of her tragically early death with a bit of a Jane-Austen-a-thon. To start with, we marked the actual anniversary, on July 18th, by recreating [...]

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