Category Archives: books

2015 in Review

In terms of my VI, 2015 was a steady year of learning new things and adapting to my situation. I have covered most of these in previous blog posts and thought I would like to summarise them here at the start … Continue reading

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The Cheltenham Literature Festivals 2015

Travelling across the Vale of Evesham in the small train towards the  Cheltenham Literature Festivals, I wonder if I will be able to see the writers and panellists at the pre-booked sessions.  Or does it matter?  After all, I already … Continue reading

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Book review – John Galsworthy’s “Maid in Waiting”

The 7th novel of the Forsyte Chronicle and a big shift over to the aristocratic Mont family.  We have met some of the Monts before but I found it confusing to sort out relationships with no visual family tree.  In … Continue reading

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Review catch-up

I seem to have a lot of reviews to catch up with, so the AOB from the past few weeks gets a post all to itself. Listened to Shadow of The Silk Road, Colin Thubron, read by Jonathan Keeble. This … Continue reading

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John Galsworthy – “The Silver Spoon”

The Silver Spoon John Galsworthy “The Silver Spoon” more or less delivers what it says on the cover.  Fleur and Michael embark on what is, effectively, a joint career, she as a society hostess and he as a politician.  Their … Continue reading

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John Galsworthy – The White Monkey

The White Monkey John Galsworthy Published 1924 Read on audible by David Cass This,  the fourth novel of the Forsyte Saga, covers the vast changes which took place in England after WW1.  After the devastation of the war people were … Continue reading

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Birthday

    “Ten ways to celebrate the last birthday of my 8th decade 1.  Tidy the garden (with a lot of help).  Be glad that the bluebells, aquilegia, wallflowers, forget-me-nots and peonies had consulted and decided to bloom in concert. 2.  … Continue reading

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