All four of these books have stretched me in different ways: I’ve learned more about Tibet and what happened on the island of Guernsey in the second world war, but more than that, I’ve loved the spirit of the women who went out there and found these stories. Even in the most challenging of circumstances, there is always a touch of magic. Stephen King has strengthened my writing muscle, and […]

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The pile of books next to my bed has been growing over the past few months, but a spate of bad weather and a break in assignments gave me the gap I needed to get back into the reading groove. The Asperger’s book supplied background for a magazine commission but I found it so interesting that I want to research the topic more deeply. I swallowed the Fiction Class in […]

Categories: On my shelf

Moments before sunrise, the beach is a low-tide swathe of silvery sand, cold and firm underfoot. The water is flat and grey, skimmed by seagulls and ploughed, with miniscule splashes, by two stalwarts taking their morning exercise. I breathe deeply, enjoying the freedom of this place that has always restored and calmed me. There are no man-made sounds; only the slap of small waves and the ring of fresh, salty […]

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