Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Busman’s Holiday …

Annabel   25th September 2011   7 Comments on A Busman’s Holiday …

The Maintenance of Headwayby Magnus Mills I’ve read and loved three of Mills’s previous novels – especially All Quiet on the Orient Express, (review here).  They’re deadpan, full of black humour, and expound upon the trials and tribulations of the ordinary working man.   He’s dealt with fence installers, odd jobbers, and White Van Man; in The Maintenance of Headway… Read more »

The winners are …

Annabel   24th September 2011   3 Comments on The winners are …

Thank you very much to everyone who stopped by to wish my blog a happy third birthday, and left me with some great reading suggestions – all appreciated. Now to my giveaway. There are three of the best books I’ve read during the three years of my blog on offer… Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick Peyton Place by… Read more »

Cold war secrets the spooks can’t hide …

The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming We know about the Cambridge Five – Philby, Burgess, Maclean, Cairncross and Blunt. What if there had been a sixth man in this spy ring?  What if that sixth man wanted to tell his story? What if his story could cause shame not just to the Russians but the British government as well? These are… Read more »

Gaskella’s Blog-Birthday Giveaway update

Just popping in to say I’ll make the draw for my blog’s birthday giveaway on Saturday, so if you want to be included, leave a comment letting me know what’s the best book you’ve read this year by the end of tomorrow (Friday). The full details arecan be found here 0

War & Peace – without much peace, but with added Vampires…

It’s that time of year again when I like to pepper my reading with a bit of blood and gore and undead creatures.  I won’t be reading all vampires and zombies – the plan is to alternate roughly, so do come back later if the undead are not your thang! My first book in the Transworld Book Group challenge however… Read more »

Moviewatch – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

On Friday afternoon I went to the cinema by myself for the first ever time, and I sat in front of the screen with roughly twenty other moviegoers to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on the day it opened. I didn’t need company, for I was totally engrossed for a full 127 minutes by this wonderful film. For those who are… Read more »

Gaskella is Three! Help me celebrate with a giveaway…

Those who know me well would say that I’m very good at starting things, but not so good at keeping them going or finishing them.  I have huge initial bursts of enthusiasm until the thrill wears off and then I procrastinate. My blog, however, is an exception to the rule, as my love of writing it has not waned at… Read more »

Gaskella meets … Charlie Higson

This afternoon it was my delight to accompany a party of boys from my school over to the Abingdon school theatre to hear author, actor and comedian Charlie Higson talk about his zombie horror series of books for older children and teenagers. After the event, I was also able to talk briefly to Charlie about his books in my first… Read more »

The name’s Bond, James Bond.

The Young Bond novels by Charlie Higson Today, there’s a mega author event at Abingdon School’s Amey Theatre for over 600 local children – Charlie Higson, the author, actor and comedian (cough) is coming to talk to them, coinciding with the third installment of his zombie horror series, but more of that in another post… Although I am a Bond… Read more »

BBAW: Blogger Interview Swap

One of the highlights of Book Blogger Appreciation Week is the Blogger Interview Swap.  I signed up this year, and was paired up with another blogger to ask some questions to.  All the interviews are posted today, and you can see mine over at my interview partner’s blog. Without further ado, let me introduce you to MJ who blogs at… Read more »