Monthly Archives: June 2010

Blogging Break

Annabel   20th June 2010   38 Comments on Blogging Break

I’m taking a break from blogging for a bit. I will be popping in to visit the blogosphere, but don’t think I can concentrate on reading much at the moment…    My Mum, Maureen died in the small hours after a tough battle with secondary breast cancer.  She was 79 and died peacefully in her sleep at the Royal Marsden Hospital.   She would have studied… Read more »

A rather different kind of literary festival…

Last Friday evening, I had the pleasure of helping staff of Mostly Books man the bookstall at a rather special event at Larkmead School – a secondary school just up the road from me in Abingdon. The event was the launch of an anthology of writing by sixth form pupils called The Blender which was created in conjunction with a… Read more »

Kidnap in the Florentine hills

Death in Springtime by Magdalen Nabb. The first I’ve read, this is the third novel in Nabb’s series of police procedurals set around Florence and featuring Marshal Guarnaccia.  I was recommended this series by good blog-friend LizF who kindly sent me this one to get me started.   Nabb, who died in 2007, wrote fourteen novels in the series which started… Read more »

Gaskella’s Midweek Miscellany #12

Apologies for going AWOL, but I’ve been a bit over-busy! Lots of preparations for a big event at school, my Mum being in hospital, and a summer cold combined with being zonked by anti-histamines for the worst hayfever I’ve had for some years, meant that although I have been reading, I haven’t had time to blog about it. Our Country… Read more »

If you could turn back time …

Alice in Time by Penelope Bush This was our book group’s choice for our June meeting, chosen partly as the author is the cousin of one of our members, and also as we haven’t read a young adult book for twelve months – we usually pick one per year. Alice is 14. She’s been best friends with arty outsider Imogen… Read more »

There’s a whole Hydden world out there …

Hyddenworld: Spring: Bk. 1 by William Horwood. Back in the early 1980s, I read Horwood’s bestselling animal fantasy about moles – Duncton Wood.  I remember enjoying it immensely, but never read the sequels, and I can’t remember what it was really about apart from religion and war in mole-dom. But it was remembering the enjoyment of the former that attracted… Read more »

If a picture paints a thousand words …

Recently Simon T at Stuck in a Book set a challenge. To find a picture that represents your reading tastes – he’s collating entries here. I thought for a while about this, and came up with two pictures – a cheat I know, but I couldn’t find a singleton. This represents a lot of things to me … A nice… Read more »

Giveaway winner …

I nearly forgot all about my giveaway from last week’s Midweek Miscellany, which is curtailed today as I’m in half-term mode! But mydaughter picked a name from the hat, and the winner of an ARC of The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno is – drumroll … Liz F Thanks to all who commented. Liz, the book will be on its… Read more »

Live for the moment – forget everything

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (trans. Stephen Snyder) When I spotted this book, with its quote from my literary hero Paul Auster on the cover, I was hooked. Having read it, I’m delighted I chanced upon it,  for I loved this gentle tale of the Professor, his Housekeeper and her son. A young housekeeper is sent to… Read more »