Jane Eyre and Bewick’s History of British Birds

Halloween is approaching and I have arranged a Fancy Dress event where the guests can come as a favourite literary character. I have decided to dress as Jane Eyre, who has, since my teens, been a steady friend with each reading providing a new way to appreciate or reflect upon the heroine.




Q & A with author Joy Rhoades

There were all round positive reviews of The Woolgrower’s Companion from Cambridge Fiction Book Club (see more about the book here). I’m now posting the interesting and insightful  Q & A session with author Joy Rhoades. Continue reading

The Woolgrower’s Companion

Our book club was recently approached by author Joy Rhoades. She offered to provide a book on the chance that we may like it and then subsequently discuss it at our book club. Continue reading

A quick glimpse of The Hard Life

On Saturday last I went to London to see Adam Buxton’s BUG David Bowie Special with my sister and a friend.  It was an excellent, funny, dynamic presentation on Bowie and well worth the trip from Cambridge.

On the way home I saw a mildly unfortunate incident. Continue reading

8 Graphic Novels/ Comics to read

NPR recently posted about the 100 Best Comics and Graphic Novels. When I see a list like this I get excited and then overwhelmed with all the reading that I have to do!

Thankfully I have read some of the comics and g/novels that made the list.   I have filtered/ curated the list to recommend some of my personal favourites.

Have you a favourite to recommend?













Question Time: The Power by Naomi Alderman

I met with my lovely book group yesterday in the Fort St George pub.  It was one of the more popular CFBC meet-ups with ten readers ready to discuss The Power by Naomi Alderman.

Minutes before heading off to the pub I was hastily scribbling Continue reading

The crack of a spine…


I find it delightful to hear the snap of a new book’s spine when I sit down to read it for the first time. I think it may be an action equivalent to rolling up one’s sleeves before beginning a hefty task.

Some friends feel that the cracking of the spine is reprehensible and disrespects the book… Where do you stand? Do you have your own reading rituals?

Dropsie Avenue by Will Eisner

Our book club recently chose Will Eisner’s Dropsie Avenue to discuss (the full review will be posted here). This is one of my favourite graphic novels and it was a pleasure to re-read and discuss.  It is set in a Continue reading

Literary terms…

My husband happened across a nifty dictionary full of literary terms and theories.

Flipping through the pages I remembered doing the same thing with an old dictionary when I was a child. It was fun to try to Continue reading