A brief interlude playing violin in junior school confirmed to my parents and ALL of our neighbours that I was not a musical prodigy - unless screechy, jumpy versions of Twinkle Twinkle are a sign of greatness? Despite that, I have always had a secret hankering to play the ‘cello, which lives on to this … Continue reading Book Review: The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton.
It was 10 o’clock in the morning but the sun had yet to fight its way through the thick, dark cloud. As I wandered the now Christmas-free flat in the dull half light I caught myself humming a rather maudlin tune. After a few seconds I realised it was 'I Guess That’s Why They Call … Continue reading Five Ways I Beat The January Blues.
If you want to get your new year reading off to a cracking start, I highly recommend Kate Field’s latest, The Winter That Made Us. I could easily sum it up in one word for you: perfect. Of course, you probably want a few more, as this is a review, and I’m happy to provide … Continue reading Book Review: The Winter That Made Us.
It was a standing joke that when my friend Carolyn and I went on holiday, our trip would inevitably include a visit to a cemetery. Beethoven, Emily Bronte, Brahms, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, we’ve visited them all, along with many thousands of other less famous names - although often with grander graves - around the … Continue reading Book Review: The Wisdom Of Sally Red Shoes.