Category Archives: Book Reviews

Care Homes

One of the first things I did as a trainee Minister was to visit older people who were living in residential accommodation. I quickly found out that it could be depressing or uplifting in varying degrees, and often it seemed … Continue reading

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Three in a row

Every so often I get an offer from amazon that I find hard to resist. Their publicist or perhaps their computer churns out a book I like the look of for 79 pence. This time there were three in the … Continue reading

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Where memories go

Where memories go is part autobiography, part memoir, part biography and part social comment. Sally Magnusson is clear in attributing her siblings, children and relatives with the positive way the whole family managed the illness of Mamie Magnusson, her mother. … Continue reading

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Entry Island

Entry Island is one of those books that pulls you into a story which is a story behind a story. The author handles the shift of time and place in an imaginative way and before long the book has you … Continue reading

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Change of Heart

Whenever I am finding it difficult to concentrate on fiction, particularly when I want to get myself lost in a book, I will often turn back to Jodi Picoult. As fans will know, her books tend to the formulaic, but … Continue reading

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The Art of Ageing

It’s nearly Pre-Birthday-Month time so it seems a good time to dive into The Art of Ageing again. It is one of those little gems that has a great deal of common sense. More than anything, the author, John Lane, … Continue reading

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Malala

  I am Malala is one of those books which is potentially life-changing. Here is a young girl who stands confidently before politicians and world leaders, to express her belief that all children have the right to an education. In … Continue reading

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Sacred Space

This is the time of year to order the next edition of Sacred Space – The Jesuit Prayer Book.  They issue a new edition each year with an entry for everyday which includes a meditation, Bible reading and notes. It … Continue reading

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Change of pace

Oh how lazy I have been over the last few weeks. I seem to have been having a holiday from blogging…….. I could make all sorts of excuses about how it is harder to sit upright with my rapidly healing … Continue reading

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The French Gardener

The French Gardener was a happy find for me on the crowded shelves of the monthly Library Van. The blurb on the front says: Anyone who likes Joanne Harris or Mary Wesley will love Montefiore’s atmospheric romance.  I couldn’t have … Continue reading

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