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The Life You've Always Wanted (by John Ortberg)
I’ve very much appreciated and also enjoyed reading all the books I’ve come across by John Ortberg . He’s an American pastor with a refreshingly honest and down-to-earth style. In the absence of any of his new books, I’ve started re-reading some of the ones...

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Light a Penny Candle (by Maeve Binchy)
It’s many years since I started reading novels by the late Maeve Binchy . Many of them are set in Ireland, where she herself came from, and they tend to be warm family sagas. In my quest to re-read some of my favourite books, I decided to embark on ‘Light a...

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Florence Foster Jenkins (starring Meryl Streep)
Browsing Amazon a while ago, I saw this DVD recommended to me. Reviews, for the most part, were good; in my experience anything starring Meryl Streep is likely to be excellent, and there was the bonus of Hugh Grant. So I put it on my wish-list, and was del...

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The Good, the Bad and the Dumped (by Jenny Colgan)
I’ve read a few of Jenny Colgan ’s novels, mostly involving cakes of some kind. They’re light-hearted fun, mostly well-written with engaging - if caricatured - people, and satisfying endings. So when I saw this book in a thrift shop a few months ago, it was...

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (starring Nia Vardalos)
Sequels to films can be a disappointment, so I didn’t take much notice when I heard that ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ was being produced. It didn’t even have an original title; we very much enjoyed the first ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, but I expected that t...

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Becoming a Writer (by Dorothea Brande)
I don’t know where I first heard of this book. I knew nothing about Dorothea Brande ; indeed, the title might have put me off, had I noticed it in a shop, as it sounds like something for beginners. However, I came across recommendations for this in other wr...

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The Chalet School Triplets (by Elinor M Brent-Dyer)
In my gradual re-reading of Elinor M Brent-Dyer ’s lengthy Chalet School series, I’ve reached the final ten. I first read these later volumes in my early teens, borrowed from my school library, then over the next few decades dipped into a few, now and agai...

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Jeeves Omnibus 2 (by PG Wodehouse)
I have very much liked everything I have read by PG Wodehouse , since my father introduced me to his writing when I was about twelve. My favourites, though, are those about the hapless upper class Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves. Popularised in an exce...
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