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I snapped this book up on a Kindle Deal. Partly because I know less about the Holocaust than I ought to, and partly because Sir Martin Gilbert, who died less than two years ago, has a reputation as a pre-eminent... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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This should be read in conjunction with Atonement by Ian McEwan - one third through and Atonement - Part 2 Contains spoilers Part 3 of this book deals with Briony's time as a nurse probationer before and just after the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
This should be read in conjunction with Atonement by Ian McEwan - one third through. This contains what might be a spoiler for some people but what I think is a fairly well known fact about the book - which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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This is obviously a great book. It must be, because everybody says so. It's been nominated for all sorts of prizes, including the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black. These prizes are really important, because they indicate that certain... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Two similar books by this author, with similar strengths and weaknesses. The full titles are Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men After the First World War and Millions Like Us Women's Lives in War and Peace 1939-1949.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I remember seeing this book on my mother's bookshelves throughout my childhood. In my early teens I read Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth - Vera and Winifred shared a flat (and European travels and League of Nation advocacy) after University... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I started composing this a few days ago, since when a by-election has been declared in the Richmond Park constituency, so that's confusing my Googling and makes this blogpost seem either very well-timed or some weird irrelevance at the fringe... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I don't know why I listed this on my TBR, or why I bought it in a Kindle Deal. But when the time came to read it, the timing was interesting. I read it just two nights, before and after... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Early in 2015 I joined Goodreads and took a more systematic approach to my reading. I drew up a 'To Be Read' list, which now stands at over 300 authors (not books, authors) and I select the next one to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I read this last week and am still not sure what to think about it. I enjoyed reading it but yet it was a difficult read. I found it moving, but don't know whether that was because of sentimentality or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I think we were away for a week, but managed two trips into the mountains. One by the local service bus to the village of Mojácar - technically we were staying at Mojácar Playa. There is a reasonably informative Wikipedia... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I have suddenly developed a fascination with the 1920s and 1930s. Or, to put it another way, I have long had a vague passing interest in that InterWar era but have been reluctant to pursue it because of the inherent... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Armed with our National Trust membership we set out for Osterley Park. I had thought it was the rather nice green space visible from the M4 elevated section, but, on reflection, that is probably Boston Manor and the River Brent.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I found the Dinton walk in an AA book of walks in the South East. Three miles, easy territory and negligible inclines. Near Reading, Winnersh. It was quite a distance to go just for that, so I looked at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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No book - or other creative work by someone else has ever 'changed my life'. However, this book has twice had a deep influence on me. I first read it at the age of 13, having seen the second half... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Oddly, my first ever visit to Spain wasn't until 2002. I had had my digital camera for over a year but was still thinking like an analogue photographer. Only the previous week I had taken delivery of a new PC... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I've been on Twitter almost 10 years and blogging for over 14, and see 'social media' as an integral part of my life. It surprises me that internet use is peripheral in most contemporary novels. Perhaps deliberately, because there's something... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I have read a lot of books in the past 21 months, and posted reviews of them to GoodReads. Which is daft, because my blog should be the prime place for my writing. Like most people I have seen many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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This was another walk suggested by the AA and one I think I would recommend. Pyrford lies just off the A3, using the same junction one uses for Wisley, which I blogged about last year. I like the A3, even... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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It was supposed to be so simple - follow the AA's instructions and have a gentle partly-riverside walk not far from London. A vague recollection in the area of the Slough parishes I audited half a lifetime ago, and a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I have decidedly mixed feelings about the Exhibition Rooms on Westow Hill in 'Crystal Palace'. On the one hand, their food is almost invariably of a high quality. On the other hand, there are aspects of the restaurant that make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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We visited Sissinghurst in June last year. The time when the delicate pastels of Spring transform into the brilliance of summer. Owned by the National Trust (so free entrance for members), lying in a triangle between Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Ultimately, I chose my University because its campus looked lovely in snow. It snowed on my Open Day and I was smitten. It wasn't that great a department for my subject (Politics). Staid, small and right wing, focusing almost exclusively... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I was inspired for this walk by an AA book of walks in South East England, which, coincidentally, I bought in Rye a few years ago - photos in my Sussex photo album. The walk is available on line. I... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Chez Bruce is a Michelin star restaurant not far from where I live. It's just a few paces from Wandsworth Common station. It's within easy cycling distance, but I have never contemplated cycling there - I'm not sure I could... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk