Monthly Archives: July 2012

Life and Laughing

I’d become interested in Michael McIntyre’s journey to stardom when I heard him on Desert Island Discs. (I love how that programme brings out the human and honest side of the celebrities featured on there. Possibly the best one was … Continue reading

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Tomato sauce recipe

2 medium onions /equivalent quantity of shallots, finely chopped Filippo Berio cooking olive oil 2 x 400g Waitrose cherry tomatoes 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped Pinch of chilli powder Glass of red wine Splash of balsamic vinegar 1/2 Kallo organic … Continue reading

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The Child Who

I read most of this book in one day. It seems short though it claims to be 315 pages long. It starts off well. The subject matter is original; there aren’t many books out there about a child, Daniel, who … Continue reading

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The White Tiger

This December it will be 20 years since I went to India. The White Tiger brought back many memories from then. In the book Aravind Adiga tells us the truth about India. About how poverty and ignorance crush most of … Continue reading

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Why is India so bad for women?

This article in The Guardian and the comments following it make very interesting reading. I don’t think about it much these days but I am so glad that I’ve escaped Indian culture. I think those two young feminists in the … Continue reading

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Martina Cole’s The Take

I watched all four episodes of The Take over two evenings as it was available in HD on Virgin On Demand. It’s the story of two cousins who are a part of the East End’s criminal network and their girlfriends. … Continue reading

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Playground

I bought this book for my Kindle mostly because it only cost 20p but also because I was intrigued that a book by the rapper 50 Cent had such good reviews. It’s a children’s book, or perhaps a teenager’s book … Continue reading

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Before I Go To Sleep

I had heard about this book on The TV Book Club and thought it sounded intriguing. Mark read it on holiday and reported that it was good. I loved Parts 1 & 2. They are very unsettling; there is a … Continue reading

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The Man Who Disappeared

This is this month’s reading group book. It was also featured on The TV Book Club. On the programme there is an interview with the author Clare Morrall. She says that she wanted to explore what would happen if a … Continue reading

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Me Before You

I’ve just finished reading this book. I really enjoyed it. It is written in a very clear and approachable style which makes it a perfect holiday read. I identified with the narrator’s situation: a young woman to whom something bad … Continue reading

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