Monthly Archives: June, 2015

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I first remember hearing the story of Jane Eyre of Charlotte Bronte when my mother read it to me when I was very young. I also remember the thrill of reading it myself when I was a teenager. That was all a long time ago but when I saw Jane Eyre on my book shelf, …

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Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is one of my favourite authors. Ever since my daughter introduced me to his novel, No Time For Goodbye, while we were on holiday in Majorca, Spain, some years ago, I have read his books with excitement. Indeed, No Time for Goodbye, was published in 2007 to critical acclaim and great international success. The …

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The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender was book of the month for my book group. This is not a book that I would have picked up otherwise. Still, I have often said that one good reason for joining a book group is to read out of my comfort zone. The Peculiar Sadness …

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This Is Where I Am by Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell was born in Paisley and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. Both her mother and father worked in Strathclyde Police Force and following a degree at Glasgow University, Karen also joined the police, where she met her husband. Karen studied for the Creative Writing Master’s Degree at Glasgow University. She is a vegetarian and lives in Galloway with her husband and two daughters. Karen …

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

I saw Of Mice and Men performed as a play many years ago when Lennie Small was played by Matthew Kelly, the English, Olivier-award winning actor. He was magnificent. I knew that I should read the book, but had never quite got round to it. So, when my mother gave me a copy of the book, …

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The Burning Girl by Mark Billingham

I like the English novelist Mark Philip David Billingham and I enjoy his books so when my daughter gave me The Burning Girl for Christmas, I was delighted. He was born and brought up in Birmingham, England and worked for some years as an actor, TV writer and stand-up comedian before his first crime novel, Sleepyhead, was published in …

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Kids Aren’t Reading–And That’s Their Parents’ Fault by guest author Robert

Children aren’t reading, and that’s their parent’s fault. I’m always leery when I hear “a new study says,” but for what it’s worth a new study says that one in four students agree with the statement “My parents don’t care if I spend any time reading.”According to Acculturated, one in six boys said they had never been …

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