Book review – Wyrd Sisters

This was our second read of a Terry Pratchett, and again feelings were mixed. Comedy is such an individual thing – some found it hilarious (the footnotes are something special – and you miss these on the kindle edition), others found it mildly amusing. One comment was that he tries too hard. Wyrd Sisters is […]

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Nationally provided eBooks on the Kortext platform

NHSE have provided access to ‘some’ key eBooks via the provider Kortext An NHS OpenAthens account is required to access the titles, please view instructions and further information at: –  

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the great alone

Book review – The great alone

I struggled to get into ‘The Great Alone’ by Kirstin Hannah’ however the rest of the group had all enjoyed it – it was a story that moved with pace with much packed in. The comment was ‘What else can possibly go wrong for them’. The story is told from Leni’s perspective – at the […]

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Keeping the world away

Book Review – Keeping the world away

‘Keeping the world away’ follows the life of a painting from creation through the hands of various owners – all women. The painting Margaret Forster has selected as the basis for the book is a real one – a simple sunlight interior – painted by Gwyn John, the sister of the painter Augustus John – […]

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Book review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter

Kate Morton’s book ‘The clockmaker’s daughter’ is something of a door stopper – and the considered view was that she could have cut down on a few of the strands of her story without losing the essential plot – there are multiple characters across multiple time strands all drawn to Birchwood Manor, the house at […]

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Book review: Once upon a river

‘Once upon a river’ was a magical, fairy-tale read – Diane Setterfield’s storytelling is powerful and allows you to suspend disbelief.  Set in the nineteenth century on the upper Thames it starts at the winter solstice, and whilst the regulars at The Swan are entertaining themselves by telling stories the door bursts open and in […]

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