Down to Earth by Monty Don

Reading Down to Earth was a journey back to my childhood. A nostalgic trip down memory lane being in the garden with my dad, also a horticultural by trade. Working with the seasons, preparing and working the ground, planting and harvesting. Learning to live with nature, not against it.

‘… all good gardens are as much about the people that make them as the plants growing in them.’ 

Monty Don. 

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Usher

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Not quite sure why I persevered with this. Maybe because of the French setting, certainly not for the narrative, which was lost in a whole mountain of unnecessary description. Or for the main character, Heidi, who spent approximately three hundred pages wallowing in detailed self pity.



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Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I had never heard of Michael McCreary- and I didn’t know a lot about Autism. I feel I learnt a lot during the course of this book and will also now look out for Michael McCreary’s comedy.



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The Reading Agency Hub

Lose yourself in a story

Concentrating on a full book at the moment can be difficult! Sample the first chapters of a huge range of new books and see what takes your fancy.

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What with working from home, as well as everyone at home together,I am definitely having trouble concentrating on reading at the moment. Really annoying when to my mind I should have loads more reading time. So I love this idea from the Reading Agency Hub.

I Could be You by Sheila Bugler

I Could Be You by Sheila Bugler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Have spent the week in my home town in more ways than one this week:- physically and hanging out with the guys in Sheila Bugler’s book. This is an easy moving suspense novel set in Pevensey and Eastbourne (and a little bit of London). I’ve enjoyed the week reading the story and wandering around the area where the action took place. Will definitely be reading her earlier books now.

I Could Be You


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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was good. Had me looking up the ‘Ten Little Soldiers’ nursery rhyme to guess the murders. I am really loving rediscovering Agatha.This novel is based on the poem and the deaths of her characters directly reflect the circumstances of the rhyme:

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Ten Little Soldier Boys went out to Dine, one choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine  Little Soldier Boys stayed up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight  Little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.

Seven Little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six  Little Soldier Boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five Little Soldier Boys going through a door; One stubbed his toe and then there were four.

Four Little Soldier Boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three Little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was One.

One  Little Soldier Boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none. 

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Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggeman

Love Is for Losers by Wibke Brueggeman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Geeky, Sassy, Phoebe- you made me laugh. I loved you so much and my sixteen year old self would certainly have identified with you.

Well done debut author Wibke Brueggemann.

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Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson

Lighthousekeeping is rich and poetic. It’s about the relationship between orphaned Silver and mysterious and pragmatic lighthouse keeper Pew. And it’s about stories. Silver’s hunger for stories and Pew’s willingness to tell them. Stories about people and past lives. Every life has a story long after the physical body has gone. Oral stories passed down through the generations.

‘Tell me a story Jeanette’-

… you certainly told a magical one in Lighthousekeeping.