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The Lido by Libby Page - Book Review

What a lovely book! 

I thoroughly enjoyed this charming story. Although the main plot line is about the potential closure of an outdoor swimming pool/lido it so much more than that. 
At the start, we meet Kate a journalist at a local paper, living in London, lonely and experiencing panic attacks or 'The Panic' as it is referred to in the book. She is asked to cover a story about the local lido being closed and bought by a property developer who intend to fill it in and turn it into a tennis court. 
Kate is asked to interview Rosemary who has been swimming at the lido for over eighty years and we start to see the importance of the place to local residents and how the loss of it will affect them. We also get to know the significance of the lido to Rosemary in particular and how her whole life has been linked to it.
A friendship starts to develop between Rosemary and Kate and Kate is introduced to and becomes a part of the local community and finds herself not only enjoying the lido …
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Goodbye Kate

I am writing this post feeling shocked but mostly really saddened by the death of Kate Spade, the New York designer who took her own life yesterday. Some deaths we hear about affect us more than others and of course I'm not talking about the loss of those close to us which can be absolutely devastating. I'm referring to those people that we feel we know in some way, a celebrity or public figure who has somehow become important to us and we feel connected to, someone who has touched our lives. I feel that way about Kate Spade.

I met my husband in 1994. We were married in November 95. He accepted a job in America shortly after our wedding and in April 1996, I found myself getting on a plane to start a new life with him overseas.  We began our married life together living in Greenwich, Connecticut but very quickly found the lure of New York City too great and in March 1997, we got the keys for our apartment on Greenwich Street down in Greenwich Village. What a blast. Life was vibr…

What A Dilemma!!

Thank goodness I'm not an expert in something very specific and technical that would be required in the event of a world-wide crisis.  I know that all sounds rather dramatic and you're probably wondering where the heck this is going. Let me explain further.

I was watching 'Arrival' starring Amy Adams the other night for about the fourth or fifth time. I'm not generally one for watching movies over and over, but this one is an exception. If you've not seen it I urge you to do so although please make sure you have some tissues to hand because it always ends up in a complete blub fest for me.

At base level, this is a science fiction film and involves alien life form arriving on Earth. But it's so much more than that. As I said go watch it, but don't blame me for the emotional fallout.

Let's get back to the aliens. They've landed around the world but we are focussed on the spaceship that has arrived in the US. However, no-one knows why they're …

Something new and something blue

For those of you that know me, you'll already be well aware of my addiction to, sorry I mean love of all things stationery. It can be a notebook (oohhh, yes - I love a new notebook), a particularly beautiful stapler (I have my eye on the one in rose-gold by Kate Spade - we all need something to aspire to) or some fun paperclips that make me smile.  If it falls into the category of stationery, you can pretty much assume I'll like it.

And of course, I love a good stationery shop - large or small, niche or generalist. I can very easily lose an hour or two browsing amongst the loveliness; running my hands over the paper of a journal or testing out pens writing messages on those adorable little pads that are put around the shop especially for people like me. My enthusiasm for these shops and for the temptresses people who carefully curate them was recently captured in my article 'Stationery Encounters' featured in Issue 12 of Breathe magazine. You can read all about it, as…

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb - Book Review

I've had the pleasure of seeing Steph Broadribb speak at a couple of events. My first encounter was at Noirwich last September and more recently at the Partners in Crime event in Derby. She takes her writing seriously and works hard to make her characters credible. Doesn't every writer you might ask? Well, I think Steph has gone the extra mile and wins the prize for her commitment this time and here's why. Her debut novel, Deep Down Dead, is about a female bounty hunter and Steph knows all about this as she actually went to America and trained to be one!

They say write what you know and Steph's first-hand knowledge comes across making Lori Anderson (the main character in the book) completely credible and believeable. The book starts with Lori facing challenging times. She has rent to pay and may incur additional hospital fees for her 9-year-old daughter Dakota. She has no choice other than to take on a bounty hunting job to collect her old mentor JT, who was also her …

Want You Gone by Chris Brookmyre - Book Review

I'm a little late to the Chris Brookmyre party and had no idea that he had written so many crime novels. However, at the Partners in Crime event in Derby, his name came up as being one of Scotland's top crime writers and his novel Black Widow won the Scottish crime book of the year in 2016. As I like a bit of Tartan Noir, I thought it would be good to check him out.

I was not disappointed, despite the fact that I read Want You Gone, book 8 of the Jack Parlabane series, gifted to me recently by my husband.

The story is about a hacker (Sam) who is blackmailed into doing some serious shit that could land her in prison. This would be a big problem, as she is caring for her younger sister Lilly while their mother is in prison and there is no father on the scene. Sam realises she could be out of her depth and in turn, blackmails Jack, a journalist, to help her. What follows is an exciting and tense tale focussed on cybercrime and industrial espionage that keeps you hooked and turni…

My non-book buying year

There is something powerful about starting fresh with a new challenge on the 1st of January. It's like pressing the reset button. And that's what I decided to do and here's what happened when I did.

An idea had popped randomly into my head towards the end of 2017 and it didn't seem to want to let go. I began to wonder - could I do this? It was a real biggie for me.
So what was the challenge?Well, the title of this post, is undoubtedly a spoiler alert, but I was wondering could I make it through the entire year without buying a book?
I know. Please stay calm. I can hear your screams: 'What? No book buying for a whole year.' Yep - that's the challenge I decided on.

Anyone I told, and who knows me well found this hilarious and probably doubted me from the off. When I mentioned it to my husband and some close friends, they just laughed thinking I was joking. And at first maybe I was, but then that little seed of an idea lodged deeper and deeper and I wondered was t…