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

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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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Ghost Drum, by Susan Price
I've just finished reading Ghost Drum , which was originally published by Faber in 1987 and won the Carnegie Medal. So it's thirty years old - but it doesn't feel it. It feels intensely fresh and vivid. Like The Snow Child , it has its roots in Russian folk...
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La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman
First, an apology - I read this while I was away, a few weeks ago; the copy was borrowed, so I don't have it by me to refer to. But I did make some notes. I really loved Northern Lights . I felt spellbound by this world, so similar to ours, but so different...
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The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey
A few weeks ago, I was in Brussels, staying with my son and his family. I woke up early, when it was still dark, and settled down to finish the book I'd been reading. It was  The Snow Child , by Eowyn Ivey; it's about a couple living in Alaska who have lost...
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