Oh my goodness, what a remarkable and inspiring woman!  The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, or Debo as she likes to be called was a most engaging speaker and I could listen to her stories endlessly…here is a recent BBC Woman’s Hour interview worth listening to.  The Duchess at the book signing afterwards, one for me and one for my mother-in-law (a keen reader and fellow woman’s hour fan).  Get me to Chatsworth!

Nigella

October 19, 2010

Nigella is brilliant, absolutely loved her chat at Cheltenham.  I sat there somewhat in awe (some may say I am a bit sad to admit it!), but I do admire her; her family life, her cooking, her writing and her style are all an inspiration and good fun too.

My happy day at Cheltenham Literature Festival was just that!  That same evening, we were invited back to our dear friends home for supper and lots of laughs…I went to bed feeling very lucky and looking forward to one more ticket the next day.

October Book Club

October 5, 2010

Another delightful evening with charming company, book club is brilliant!  We reviewed the Summer Reading List and here goes…

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 7.5/10

Certainly a challenging yet rewarding read, although for me it felt more like studying than reading…must brush up on my history!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 5.5/10

Yikes, this was surprisingly graphic, too many explicit descriptions of violence for my liking (had to skip those pages lest the images stick in my mind!).  The Millenium Trilogy is surrounded by a lot of publicity and I can see the draw to this kind of blockbuster thriller but not my cup of tea.

The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows 7.5/10

Ooooh…this is lovely!  One to share and pass on to friends and family.  Such a charming book and the characters and story were comforting, funny and sad…a lovely glimpse into the lives of very endearing characters.  A really special book, thank you for writing it and sharing it.

Next on the reading list is…Through the Narrow Gate by Kate Armstrong and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Look out the reviews in November.

Giant Jam Sandwich

August 30, 2010

Wasps are getting on our nerves and in our way, especially in the kitchen.  Very unfortunately my son discovered a wasps nest in the neighbouring field while picking blackberries, running back into the kitchen very upset with a nasty sting on his eyelid he very proudly announced he had killed the attacking wasp. We’ve been trying to answer questions like ‘why do wasps exist’ and reading one of our favourite bedtime books…The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Ward.

Summer Reading

July 18, 2010

Book Club started earlier this year and has been a great success.  It’s early days still but the simple winning formula is working…a lovely bunch of mums (still waiting for a dad to join up!) and lots of laughs over drinks and nibbles.  Currently working my way through Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel with the rest of the Summer Reading List on the shelf in waiting…The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Small Wars by Sadie Jones, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer…I read this one last year and absolutely loved it, so much so I bought a few extra copies to share with friends and family!