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It's funny how you come across people. I encountered Melissa Harrison on Twitter. She lives quite near me and we have a shared interest in Tooting Commons. Her first novel, Clay is set partly on the Commons, and in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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This almost exactly the sort of book I was looking for, especially, actually, after the same author's The Subterranean Railway. I wanted an insight into how railways created communities. I concluded that with the previous book, focusing on the London... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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When you finish a book and declare 'That is the best book I have ever read!'. Objectively, you know that isn't true, and, anyway, who wants to rank books in strict order of preference? One's reading experience can be altered... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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It's an absolute must if you are staying anywhere near Windermere. Boat trips. We went for a short cruise on the Sunday after we arrived, because, well, you just have to. Of course, I took a huge number of photos... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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Nymans was already on 'the list' of places to visit, and when I saw my cousin's pictures on Facebook, I was spurred on further. It lies just off the A23 - we approached it from Pease Pottage Services, which are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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We went to stay in Ambleside last Spring. We stayed in a delightful holiday let. Technically, it was a flat but it didn't feel like one. Perched on the side of a hill, it had a terrace and a garden,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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There's something nice about going to a restaurant and enjoying good food that's presented nicely. The main pleasure is in the eating of the food, coupled with the good company and the pleasant ambience. I'll never be a proper foodblogger... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I don't know why I chose to read this book. Or, rather, I read it because I was fascinated, but I don't know why I was fascinated. People of my mother's generation thought these sisters were fascinating. In theory, for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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I received this as a Christmas present, when I was 8 nearly 9. It was just 40 years old, and that was, er hum, 40 years ago. It had been serialised on the TV the previous year, but as we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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It was one of those days, when you have a vague notion that you want to go out but you don't know where. You don't even know why you want to go out, except for that vague notion. The subconscious... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
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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 Dec 7, 2016 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