Dead Mans Cove

Tracey Beaker meets the Famous Five

Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John Lauren St John is the author is a series of books for older children set in Africa. The White Giraffe and its sequels are heartwarming and well-loved, although I admit we’ve not read any of them (sadly, my daughter is not a fan of what she considers ‘animal tales’).  However her Read More

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The Grinding Wheels of 21st Century Commerce

Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett. To some, Doug Fanning would seem to have it all, yet he is damaged goods. His traumatic childhood and experiences in the Gulf War have left him emotionally stunted. Post 9/11, he seemingly lives for his job as a high-powered investment banker, caring for nothing and no-one, and he takes risks Read More

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The World of Ephemera #1

Welcome to my first post in my new series on the world of Ephemera – featuring rescued pieces of paper that are just too interesting to recycle.  Today our subject is knitting and crochet patterns. Yes, back in the late 1960s they had knitting patterns for outfits for fashion dolls – not busty Barbie, the much Read More

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My new favourite word …

One of the joys in sorting out all my late Mum’s stuff, was encountering so many interesting pieces of paper.  From 50yr old concert programmes to her autograph book; newspaper clippings on the value of prunes in your diet (yes, really) to all those postcards I described before, not to mention the notebooks monitoring her Read More

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Raise a glass …

Still going through a forest of papers, and I’ve found a bundle from my late great-aunt Muriel which my Mum had kept.  For many years Muriel worked as Secretary to the Chairman of Beatson Clark in Rotherham – a company which makes still makes glass containers. I found the programme for the Society of Glass Read More

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Kill or cure

The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood (and the Duchess of Northumberland). The Duchess of Northumberland is the mastermind behind the wonderful Alnwick Garden adjoining her family’s ancestral pile, Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland. I visited last year and found it a wonderful attraction. One of the (many) highlights of the Garden is the Duchess’ special project Read More

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How can I be sure?

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson Rarely in recent times has a book called out to me as much as this one. You see, in common with the teenagers in this novel who are all fanatical David Cassidy fans, I was too. David was Godlike, with his shell necklaces, feathered hair, and whispery voice.  You Read More