Pride and Proud

Friday 28th June 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York, which led to the gay liberation movement in the US.

It was also the day my beautiful daughter married her equally beautiful partner.

Fifty years ago this was unthinkable. How proud I am to be living now in 2019 when this is possible.

Below is a picture I took at London Pride 2016. It summed the day and the meaning behind Pride celebrations up perfectly for me The sheer joy!

the girls by Lisa Jewell

The Girls in the Garden

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was good. I was quite sad to leave those moody, complicated teenagers behind. They stayed with me most of the day after finishing the book. I’m still not sure who ‘did it’ but I guess that is the point- the closed world of the teenager that the parent never quite gets a handle on. This was a good ‘sunny bank holiday in the garden’ read.



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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (Harold Fry, #2)

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This story is about Queenie’s emotional journey as opposed to Harold’s physical one. It is about her unrequited love for Harold and also about Harold’s son David from Queenie’s perspective. Queenie’s story was darker than Harold’s and I’m not really sure what to say about Queenie apart from the fact that I wanted to shake her for mooning over Harold and for letting his son use her. I do want her sea garden though. However the main thing I really love about Rachel Joyce’s books are the endings and this was no exception. Clever? Magical? They never fail to take me by surprise.




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