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I am I am I am

I read this very quickly. M. O’F. has a beautiful writing style which is very easy to read. The book is a memoir comprised of ’17 brushes with death’. Some are more horrific and shocking than others but all of … Continue reading

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Macaroni cheese recipe

Adapted from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/8834/bestever-macaroni-cheese Ingredients 4 tbsp butter 350g spiral or other short pasta 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tsp English mustard powder 6 tbsp plain flour 1 litre semi-skimmed milk 250g/to taste mature cheddar/any combination of strong cheese, grated … Continue reading

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12 Years A Slave

Read this for reading group. Now I realise that this is an important story. Not a novel but one man’s account of slavery, so that the world could know what happened to him. Undoubtedly many others were in worse situations. … Continue reading

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Alarm Girl

Read this for Reading Group. I chaired the meeting so ended up reading it quite in-depth; after I’d finished it I went back to the beginning and re-read a lot of it. Indigo seems very childish for an 11 year … Continue reading

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The Stranger’s Child

Read this for book group. I enjoyed Part 1, delighting in the language and sharp observations of his characters’ encounters with each other, but the book quickly became tedious and I was frustrated with so many new characters being introduced. … Continue reading

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The Long Firm

Read this for the September reading group meeting but I was in Dorset on holiday at the time of the meeting. I really enjoyed the book and found it compelling from the start. I love gangster stories anyway but this … Continue reading

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Station Eleven

I read this for reading group. I enjoyed how it transported me to different worlds with its powerful descriptions of landscapes. Unlike many post-apocalyse stories, this one didn’t cover the immediate aftermath, instead we are given glimpses into the times … Continue reading

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Cauliflower cheese

I used this Nigella cauliflower cheese recipe but I changed the Red Leicester to a smaller amount of Gruyère. It worked really well.

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying

MK’s habit of anthropomorphizing objects is a little weird but I can see how the method given in this book will work. It’s a simple and inspiring read. Makes you want to start tidying straightaway!

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