#AtoZChallenge : P is for Pollyanna

I first came to the story of Pollyanna when I went to the cinema at the age of 11 to see the film.  Unfortunately I forgot my glasses, needed for distance viewing, so sitting in the circle it was like listening to an audio-book!  As a result I soon found the book by Eleanor Porter,Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge : P is for Pollyanna”

#AtoZChallenge : N is for Thursday Next #JasperFforde #BookCharacter

    Thursday Next is the heroine of an alternative twentieth century world. A bold, courageous woman, she has returned from a military career in the Crimean War to take up a post as a Literary Detective.  She has the ability to jump in and out of famous books and alarmingly, some of the charactersContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : N is for Thursday Next #JasperFforde #BookCharacter”

Spies by Michael Frayn #ThrowbackThursday

I’m borrowing the #ThrowbackThursday meme from It’s Book Talk to share a book I read several years ago.   Blurb  A mesmerizing novel about secrecy, imagination, and a child’s game turned deadly earnest The sudden trace of a disturbing, forgotten aroma compels Stephen Wheatley to return to the site of a dimly remembered but troubling childhoodContinue reading “Spies by Michael Frayn #ThrowbackThursday”

A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity by Trish Nicholson #BookReview

Dedicated, “to all who love Story whoever you are,” this book encompasses storytelling since communication began and covers most corners of the globe.  Story is personified, weaving through History, influencing events, and what happens affects the nature of stories. From early Creation stories of Africa and Australia, we move through legend, myth, saga and fable. Continue reading “A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity by Trish Nicholson #BookReview”

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

A God in ruins is a slow boiler. It tells the story of Teddy, a beloved son and brother whose comfortable life changed so dramatically when the second world war began. Moving back and forth through his life, we see him as a gentle, loving grandfather, a much-respected pilot and a dutiful husband. But itContinue reading “A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson”

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley #BookReview

On the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen I feel beholden to return to her timeless stories, but in Lucy Worsley’s book I have been given additional insight into Jane’ character and sensitivity. “Jane Austen at Home” is assiduously well documented, showing a depth of research and most importantly, a grasp of Jane’sContinue reading “Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley #BookReview”