Monthly Archives: September 2010

Tracey Beaker meets the Famous Five

Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John. Lauren St John is the author is a series of books for older children set in Africa. The White Giraffe and its sequels are heartwarming and well-loved, although I admit we’ve not read any of them (sadly, my daughter is not a fan of what she considers ‘animal tales’).  However her latest book,… Read more »

Bodies in Bologna

Annabel   29th September 2010   22 Comments on Bodies in Bologna

Almost Blue by Carlo Lucarelli, translated by Oonagh Stransky. Lucarelli is apparently an established author of over a dozen books, and a TV presenter to boot, but this is the first of his detective novels to get translated into English. Ispettore Grazia Negro is part of a new group within the Italian constabulary set up to investigate serial murders.  Several… Read more »

The Grinding Wheels of 21st Century Commerce

Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett. To some, Doug Fanning would seem to have it all, yet he is damaged goods. His traumatic childhood and experiences in the Gulf War have left him emotionally stunted. Post 9/11, he seemingly lives for his job as a high-powered investment banker, caring for nothing and no-one, and he takes risks – big ones. Charlotte Graves… Read more »

Oxford Bookbloggers meet

A group of eight bookbloggers met last night at an Oxford pub – appropriately named ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. (Good ale, no big screens, decent standard pub food). It was a shame more couldn’t come, the date ended up clashing for few, but those of us there had a lovely evening of mainly (ahem!) bookish discussions – OK we… Read more »

The World of Ephemera #1

Annabel   25th September 2010   8 Comments on The World of Ephemera #1

Welcome to my first post in my new series on the world of Ephemera – featuring rescued pieces of paper that are just too interesting to recycle.  Today our subject is knitting and crochet patterns. Yes, back in the late 1960s they had knitting patterns for outfits for fashion dolls – not busty Barbie, the much more girlish UK Sindy.  In fact,… Read more »

Gaskella’s Midweek Miscellany #15

haven’t done a Midweek Miscellany post for some time. But when I discovered Jessica Hische’s wonderful website Daily Drop Cap, I had to share it with you.  Isn’t the candle ‘I’ lovely?  Every day has a different letter and a different style – brilliant. * * * * * ut on to more bookish things.  There’s been some chat around… Read more »

My new favourite word …

One of the joys in sorting out all my late Mum’s stuff, was encountering so many interesting pieces of paper.  From 50yr old concert programmes to her autograph book; newspaper clippings on the value of prunes in your diet (yes, really) to all those postcards I described before, not to mention the notebooks monitoring her utility bills…  There is a… Read more »

The Camper Who Stayed.

Annabel   18th September 2010   14 Comments on The Camper Who Stayed.

All Quiet on the Orient Express by Magnus Mills This is another black comedy of the highest order from a master of novels about men and their work.  It’s Mills’ second book, the third I’ve read, and the best yet for me.  We meet a man and his motorcycle, who are camping in the Lake District as a prelude to… Read more »

Gaskella is 2 – plus a shelf-clearing giveaway!

Woohoo!  Yes, it was two years ago that I started Gaskella. I started off on Blogspot – moving over to WordPress early this year, and in the 730 days since starting I’ve posted 394 times which is pretty good going I think, and amassed over 1700 comments (that includes my replies). Despite this being an incredibly busy time of year,… Read more »

Incoming – Real lives …

I haven’t done an incoming post for a while, but I bought a book at the weekend that I’m so looking forward to dipping into over weeks to come, then another brilliant sounding book arrived from the OUP (thanks Kirsty)… Once I’d picked up Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano, translated by Mark Fried, to have a gander, that… Read more »