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The Saint Zita Society
Who are you and what have you done with Ruth Rendell? This is a distressingly ghastly book.

Rendell's style is here and I know some of her more recent
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley #1)
I was surprised to dislike this book intensely. I'd not read (or seen) any Inspector Lynley and I was expecting to enjoy this tale of an aristocrat po ...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #12)
Another enjoyable instalment in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series. McCall Smith certainly churns them out along with his other two 'middle clas ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
The Memory Chalet
I have such mixed feelings about this book - but I am not sure whether some of those are not mixed feelings about my own motivations in choosing to re ...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
Kiss Me! How to raise your children with love
I'll be buying my own copy of this book. It's not the best argued, the way it uses evidence is possibly rather suspect, but it has a unique eloquence. ...more
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
Already Dead (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #13)
Let's be clear. My four star delight in this novel derives considerably from my familiarity even for a Stephen Booth with the settings for this partic ...more
Oct 19, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
Unusual Uses for Olive Oil (Portuguese Irregular Verbs, #4)
Back to reality for von Igelfeld - it seems a long time ago since he got himself embroiled in political shenanigans in warmer climes in his last outin ...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Though Our Strange Planet. Simon Barnes
I am familiar with Simon Barnes' style of nature writing and I like it. I owe a great deal to his How to Be A Bad Birdwatcher.

There are wonderful book
Jan 31, 2015
Nov 11, 2014
Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion
A story in which not so very much happens, short and straightforward - one of those where you feel you must have missed something. What I liked about ...more
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Treats
A very appealing book written in an engaging style. I haven't tried making any of the recipes (yet) so I don't know if they work but the little hints ...more
Feb 13, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Set in Darkness (Inspector Rebus, #11)
It's been good to get back and fill in some Rebus gaps. A fatter than usual offering, which is, for me, often a bad sign, however, I didn't feel this ...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
Red Dust Road: An Autobiographical Journey
This was my first foray into digital audiobook, my first loan from the new library service. I had wanted to read Red Dust Road since it came out and I ...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 02, 2013
A Girl Called Jack
I have read this but I'll be hanging onto it until the end of my loan period when it goes to the next eager library customer.

I had wondered how the bo
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
Sellafield Stories: Life in Britain's First Nuclear Plant
I found out about this book by chance when I was looking for information about Hunter Davies' Good Guide to the Lakes series as preparation for a holi ...more
Aug 27, 2012
Sep 01, 2012
The Library Book
The trouble with a book about libraries is that I want to cry the whole way through for the love and the fear of loss. This was a great collection - I ...more
Jun 11, 2013
May 27, 2013
The Emperor of All Maladies
I enjoyed this book although it was a tough read - Mukherjee is refreshingly straightforward in his use of language. No 'discomfort' to describe 'pain ...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
In Defence of Dogs
This was a slightly odd book, the main message of which is that theories of dog training which rely on the notion that because of their wolf-heritage ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
How Mothers Love: And How Relationships Are Born
What Mothers Do...Especially When It Looks Like Nothing was a phenomenal book, deceptively skilled. Naomi Stadlen allows mothers to speak for themselv ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
Belching Out the Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola
Mark Thomas likes Coca Cola, hates Pepsi.

It is too easy to see him as a knee jerk rejecter of all the products of multi-national corporations and thi
Jun 16, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
Beyond the Page
This wasn't quite the book I was expecting it to be - for some reason I thought I was borrowing a more conventional (if, I hoped, beautifully illustra ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 20, 2013
You Are Here: Travels of a Derbyshire Poet Laureate
I've not been let down yet by the 'end of term' Derbyshire poet laureate collections and I enjoyed this one too. That said this time I think it was th ...more
Oct 2014
Sep 26, 2014
The Yellow Wallpaper
I first heard of this novella years ago in the context of what turns out to be an alternative explanation - the possibility that the narrator is being ...more
Apr 24, 2015
Apr 23, 2015
Maid of the Mist
There is the myth, there's the mob but I detected no mozzarella whatsoever - there's an empty pizza box at one point. I found myself missing Bateman's ...more
Mar 26, 2015
Mar 14, 2015
The Corpse Bridge (Ben Cooper & Diane Fry, #14)
Stephen Booth has all the hallmarks of a thoroughly good egg, a national treasure indeed, and if he isn't sponsored by the national and local tourist ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
Walking Home: A Poet's Journey
In my head I conflate pop star turned physics professor turned physics star Dr Brian Cox and probation officer turned poetry professor and poetry star ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
Brill Walks In The Peak
This is Book Three of a series of Peak District walking guides - and the 'Brill' relates as much to the surname of one of the authors, Bob Brill, as t ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
Map Addict: A Tale of Obsession, Fudge & the Ordnance Survey
I liked this book about one man's relationship with maps. If I do find myself caught without a book, a map is not second-best and I often feel that at ...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Blue Nights
I have no context in which to place Joan Didion's two books on loss and have no real sense of whether I would enjoy her 'normal' writing. I did enjoy ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)
An enjoyable return to Three Pines... or rather an enjoyable return to Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, Beauvoir and Lacoste. In many ways, my fondness ...more
Dec 06, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
Jamie's Great Britain
I was in the mood for a beautifully presented and not too high falutin' cookbook and that's what I got. It is pretty readable as a book and I found so ...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
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