Charter for Compassion

November 11, 2010

Karen Armstrong, author of many books including Through the Narrow Gate (the latest book club read) is the force behind the Charter for Compassion.  Spare a few minutes to watch this short film to learn more.


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November 5, 2010

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November 3, 2010

Having just read Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong it was a happy coincidence to discover she is the force behind the Charter of Compassion.  I had seen this before on TED, and was immediately impressed.  Hope you are too!


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!


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.