Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem (Lost and Found on the River Thames) #BookReview

Mudlark:- noun.  A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbour Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for nearly twenty years, in pursuit of the objects the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hairpins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys.Continue reading “Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem (Lost and Found on the River Thames) #BookReview”

Watery Ways by Valerie Poore #BookReview #Memoir

In this account of her first year of living on a barge in Rotterdam’s Oude Haven, Valerie Poore’s overriding impression is that “one of the first things you learn about living on a barge is that an awful lot of stuff is going to end up in the water”. The year in question is 2001,Continue reading “Watery Ways by Valerie Poore #BookReview #Memoir”

#AtoZChallenge: B is for Black Beauty

This is the battered paper cover of my childhood copy of Black Beauty Black Beauty is an unforgettable story. I have never been on a horse, but Anna Sewell’s book made me identify with this gentle, constant character, who sometimes received cruel treatment but was always loyal to those who cared for him.  This autobiography, publishedContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge: B is for Black Beauty”

Friday Bookshare #AmReading

This week I’m reading Harry Leslie Smith’s account of his early life. I was prompted to do so by Terry Tyler who reviewed his three autobiographies on her blog Harry Leslie Smith died on 28th November 2018 at the age of 95. He grew up in Yorkshire in great poverty and found wartime an escapeContinue reading “Friday Bookshare #AmReading”

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls #TuesdayBookBlog

“I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening (party), when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster … She had tied rags around her shoulders to keep out the spring chill … To the people walking by, she probably looked like any of theContinue reading “The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls #TuesdayBookBlog”

Woman at the Front: Memoirs of an ATS Girl by Sylvia Wild #TuesdayBookBlog

  I chose this autobiography because Sylvia’s experiences during the second world war mirrored those of my mother, but the story of those years in France, Belgium and Germany is fascinating for anyone interested in 20th century history.   Sylvia joined the ATS, as the women’s section of the British Army was called, in 1943.Continue reading “Woman at the Front: Memoirs of an ATS Girl by Sylvia Wild #TuesdayBookBlog”