Life After Life

Just a very hurried I-am-halfway-out-the-door shout out to all the book lovers that read this blog… I have just finished Life After Life by the insanely clever Kate Atkinson. I know, I know… you all said it was brilliant and that I should read it eons ago but sometimes you just need to figure these…

Summer Reads

School’s out, it hasn’t rained in weeks and I’m not beach body ready… so I guess it’s officially summer! Many of you no doubt will be toddling off on your holidays, in search of relaxation and sun (although God knows why, my village had hotter weather than Barbados the other day. BARBADOS). Whether departing or…

Royal Reading

If you live in Britain you simply cannot escape the royal family right now. I mean, they’ve always been there and everything but it’s particularly high saturation at the moment. First there was the Queen’s 92nd birthday. She doesn’t even need to do anything anymore, she just needs to be the Queen. Frankly if she…

Mr B’s

Yesterday my husband and I both took the day off and drove down to Bath to carry out one of my lovely 40th birthday experience presents that I was gifted. I was going for a reading spa. No, this is not where you go to a spa and someone paints your nails and massages your…

Romanovs

I’m currently reading The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montifore. I got it for Christmas and was very excited as it’s been sitting in my Amazon shopping basket for ages! I’ve always been interested in the Romanov family, by which I mean Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and…

The Husband’s Secret

Earlier in the year I was on here raving about the TV drama Big Little Lies (read it here) starring an earth shatteringly attractive cast that included Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard.  Well, the one-off drama was based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty, an Australian author with a whole host…

The One

Currently giving The One by John Marrs a go.  A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test (a simple DNA mouth swab) to find true love with THE ONE…  Except what if you’re paired with someone in another country? Or a gender you’re not…

Lies & Handmaids 

I’ve just finished Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.  The story is told by Amber who says “I’ll tell you three things about me… I’m in a coma, my husband doesn’t love me any more and… sometimes I lie”.  You flit between current time (in a coma) and flashbacks to the months preceding the accident (or…

Big Little Lies

If you haven’t seen it already then you simply must watch Big Little Lies.  Based on the book by Liane Moriarty it follows the lives of some school mums (I refuse to say moms) in Monterey, California.  Yes it’s about mothers and their kids and school gate politics but it’s also about relationships and what…

Recipe for happiness?

I touched on the subject of hygge on this blog just over a year ago. My love for all things Scandi hasn’t really lessened and the concept of hygge is one that I am still very much a fan of. For those that don’t know, hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish pastime that sort of combines happiness,…