Feb 23

Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton is published  – my life is complete

  I adore M.C.Beaton’s books and her latest Hamish MacBeth is out in hardback, so I have had many hours catching up on life at Lochdubh, in Sutherland, the northwest of Scotland, but all the while trying not to finish it too quickly. It features an honest man, you know, the type that destroys your …

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Feb 23

Gallery of the Dead by Chris Carter is a page turner, but stay behind the sofa

    This man can write, really he can, but how does he sleep at night after conjuring up these plots? Does he dream the scenarios up? Or should I say, nightmare them up? I bet people he meets think he’s such a nice boy… It’s when you read his biography that you realise that Carter …

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Feb 23

The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past

In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Russia’s resurgence under Putin. By cleverly exploiting the memory of the Soviet victory over fascism in World War II, Putin’s regime has made ordinary Russians feel that their country is great again. Shaun Walker provides new insight into contemporary Russia and its …

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Feb 22

When I Loved Myself Enough: Inspiring words to help you find happiness and joy

I really loved When I Loved Myself Enough. We live in a world where too many people are struggling to love themselves. Not everyone is good at knowing their own self worth. This book has a lot of beautiful collections of wisdom which make you really think. A brilliant book which should be kept to …

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Feb 21

Das Fest:  VAULT Festival, The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN – sounds interesting.

  Wednesday 28th February – Sunday 4th March 2018     Crossing between illusion and theatre, Philipp Oberlohr’s thrilling new production Das Fest is the surreal sequel to his interactive Das Spiel, which premiered at Ovalhouse and sold out at VAULT Festival in 2016 winning the People’s Choice Award. Das Fest meaningfully engages audiences, delving …

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Feb 21

BUSINESS OF BOOKS: FIRST, LAST, EVERYTHING – WRITER CLARE SWATMAN

Clare Swatman spent almost 20 years working in women’s weekly magazines. Her debut novel Before You Go was published last year, and her second, The Mother’s Secret, is published by Pan Macmillan on 22 February. She’s currently writing her third novel. What was the first writing advice you were ever given? ‘Write about what you …

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Feb 20

Declutter Your Life by Gill Hasson Book Review

Declutter Your Life: How Outer Order Leads to Inner Calm By Gill Hasson Decluttering has gone beyond a trend. We constantly want less in a consumeristic world that always thrusts more upon us. This book by Gill Hasson is like her other books: easy to read, informative and entertaining. It tells you not only how …

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Feb 19

Nevill Holt Opera works its magic in 2018

Nevill Holt Opera announces two new orchestral partnerships as the first production in 2018 season sells out: Nevill Holt Opera, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8EG Thursday 14th – Saturday 30th June 2018 Ahead of the much-anticipated unveiling of their brand new 400-seat theatre, the rising star of UK summer opera festivals – Nevill Holt Opera …

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