Monthly Archives: October 2011

I love Non-Fiction really …

Updating my books read list yesterday, I suddenly realised that The Luck Factor (reviewed here), was the first non-fiction book that I’ve read this year! Last year I read a dozen non-fic books, and the year before 18 out of over a hundred. This year, it just seems to have bypassed me, or maybe I bypassed it until now… I do… Read more »

I should be so lucky ….

The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind by Dr Richard Wiseman Richard Wiseman’s speciality is a fascination with the quirkier side of psychology, (his website and blog are here).  A magician and psychologist based at the University of Hertfordshire, (which is still Hatfield Poly in my mind), he and his team investigate the science behind the paranormal, luck,… Read more »

Portrait of a middle-class family before & after WWI

Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple. Not considering myself a typical Persephone Books reader – Tsk! I hear you say, there is no such thing, I have loved the handful of the beautiful dove grey covered books that I’ve read so far, (the last of which was The Hopkins Manuscript earlier this year).  If there is no such thing as a typical Persephone… Read more »

He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!

Had to write a short post on the BBC4 drama Holy Flying Circus which aired this week, it was a mostly marvellous 90 minutes of real Pythonesque homage. It followed the life of the Pythons around the time that Life of Brian was released in the cinema (1979), the TV ‘debate’ between Cleese and Palin v Muggeridge and a bishop that made… Read more »


Annabel   22nd October 2011   7 Comments on Incoming!

I haven’t told you about my latest book acquisitions for simply ages.  I went to a book sale today at a local church hall, and came away with a bagful, so I thought it was an ideal time to share what’s new on the bookshelves at Gaskell Towers … Pile, the first – my haul from the booksale… Shepherd of… Read more »

…and the winner is:

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who visited my blog during the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop this week. Special thanks to all those who’ve subscribed or are following. Now to the giveaway results – I employed my proven method of cutting all the names up and getting my 11yr old daughter to pick the winners, who are … Ellie… Read more »

A Dark tale of twins: American – in Paris

Comes the Night by Hollis Hampton-Jones Meade and Ben Ho are nineteen year old twins; they are Americans in Paris, rich kids.  They have one of those incredibly close, empathic and near telepathic twin relationships.  Ben Ho is at art school, Meade plays at cookery classes to occupy her days, but walks out on to become a model. Meade is… Read more »

Guest reviewer: My Dad on ‘Being Boycie’

I keep on encouraging my Dad to write some reviews for me. A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a publicist wondering if I’d like to read a showbiz biography – they said if I didn’t fancy it, maybe my father would. The lure of a free book hooked him! So please welcome Ray, my Dad … Being Boycie… Read more »

The return of the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

If you’re new to my blog – WELCOME! If you’ve visited before – HI – Nice to see you again! Yes, it’s the return of the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, hosted by Judith at Leeswammes.  It’s another chance to visit loads of other book blogs around the world, make new friends and take part in some great giveaways. See a… Read more »

Memories are made of this?

The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner Sally Gardner is moving up through the ages with her books. She started off with illustrating and writing picture books, then she wrote a series of Magical Children novels for younger readers, before writing several brilliant historical novels for older children (see my review of The Red Necklace here).  Now she has written her… Read more »