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Sue Purkiss
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A reader and a writer.
A reader and a writer.

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Winter has come!
We don't often get much snow in this part of Somerset (the Mendips) - so here are a few pictures to celebrate the heavy snowfall on Thursday night! They were taken on Friday morning, when the now was still falling. Blackbirds wondering where breakfast is. W...
Winter has come!
Winter has come!
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The Return
Something a little bit different for today's post. I volunteer on the SS Great Britain, Brunel's famous ship, permanently moored now in Bristol. It's always full of atmosphere - a little spooky in places - but one weekend earlier in December, it was even mo...
The Return
The Return
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A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
A friend recommended this book to me, and I'm so grateful to her! It concerns Count Alexander Rostov, a Russian aristocrat who in 1922 is sentenced to lifelong house arrest - basically for being an aristocrat. He is told he must spend the rest of his life i...
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The Truth About Archie And Pye, by Jonathan Pinnock
As it says on the cover, this is a mathematical mystery. But don't be frightened. I'm utterly useless at maths, but I managed! It's about a hapless (and useless) PR man who loses his job at the beginning of the book. On the train on his way back from the in...
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'Jelly', by Jo Cotterill
Today, a review. It's always difficult to assign an age range to a book, but I'd say this is somewhere in the region of 10+. It's a beautifully written story about an interesting and complex character, who happens also to be overweight. This doesn't govern ...
'Jelly', by Jo Cotterill
'Jelly', by Jo Cotterill
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Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights
Mr B’s, in case you haven’t heard of it, is a wonderful independent book shop in Bath. I’m about an hour away from Bath, and my nearest bookshop is a small Waterstones - so Mr B’s isn’t exactly my local. But a couple of weeks ago, I spent a whole afternoon ...
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Eleanor Oliphaunt is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
This book has absolutely rightly done really well, so probably lots of you have read it already. And I can’t say mouth about it because it would spoil its unexpectedness. But I’ve just finished it so I want to acknowledge it and say how much I enjoyed it. I...
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Assassin's Fate, by Robin Hobb
First, let's just take a look at the cover. Isn't it perfectly luscious? It's by Jackie Morris, who recently collaborated with Robert MacFarlane on a beautiful book called Lost Words , which seeks to reclaim - particularly for children - words to do with na...
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Soothing things
Have been rather busy lately, which is why I haven't been here much. But today I felt in need of a bit of soothing, so instead of looking at emails or the news, I started to look through my photos. And they very quickly began to do the job - with a little h...
Soothing things
Soothing things
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Midwinter Magic
A few weeks ago, in December, I read The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. I thought it was a wonderful book - I've written about it below. It's set in Alaska, and just as I finished it, I glanced out of the window - it was early morning, and still dark - and in th...
Midwinter Magic
Midwinter Magic
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