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

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Au revoir...
For the time being, I'm going to take a break from this blog. I've enjoyed doing it, and I'd like to thank those who've read, followed and commented - but at the moment I think I need to concentrate more on writing books. I shall continue to blog with The H...

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Desperately Seeking Hamlet!
This time last week, during a holiday in Copenhagen, we decided to head north to Helsingør. It was only a short train-ride, and there was someone we were eager to meet - someone who has intrigued me (and a few zillion others) for many, many years. Yes: Hels...

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The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry
Apologies - it's been a while since I've posted a review. This is partly because I've been busy doing other things - but mostly because I haven't read anything lately that's really blown me away. So if you have, do please tell me in the comments. That's not...

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The picture I didn't take.
A couple of days ago, I did my usual walk with Nessie up on the hill - up through the wood, then along a tunnel-like little path and out into the open, with a panoramic view stretching round from Glastonbury in the east to the reservoir and the distant coas...

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Born To Run, by Bruce Springsteen
So, this afternoon I was listening to Bruce Springsteen ( Devils And Dust ), as I have been doing since round about 1975 - and I remembered that I hadn't written about his autobiography, which I read a few months ago. He's amazing, Bruce. Even when he's sin...

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The Tobacconist, by Robert Seethaler
Robert Seethaler is an Austrian living in Berlin. His previous, very successful book, A Whole Life , is the story of a simple man who lived in the mountains, only leaving them to go to war. You might expect the main part of the book to be about his experien...

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Hotel Florida - Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civi War: by Amanda Vaill
Probably most of us know something about the Spanish Civil War: that it took place in the 1930s; that it was fought between the Republicans and General Franco's forces, and that Franco won; that lots of idealistic young people from other countries went to S...

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More watery places... and birds.
This time, in Brussels and Flanders over the last few days... This was one massive bird! Enjoying the sun at Het Vinne, Belgium's largest natural lake. Black-headed gulls Extraordinary mandarin duck - such colours! At Rouge Cloitre, in the Foret de Soignes....

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Bookless in Norfolk 2: the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries, by Elly Griffiths
At a place called Cley on the coast of Norfolk the Norfolk Wildlife Trust has a visitor centre. I didn't take a picture of it, and I can't find a good one, so you'll have to take my word for it that the centre looks rather like a beached ship, and fits very...

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Bookless in Norfolk - well, almost. City of Shadows, by Michael Russell
I’m on
holiday at the moment, in North Norfolk. I’ve never been here before; it’s a
green, rolling landscape, with unspoilt villages whose houses are faced with
flint pebbles or made of russet brick; clear streams, daffodils and hellebores,
ponderous pheasa...
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