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in The Reading Corner

A few years ago our book group read Trumpet by Jackie Kay. I’d organised an event with her at the library the previous year and still had her mobile number in my phone. We all loved Trumpet and we drank lots of wine, and late in the evening I thought it was a good idea [...]

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell Thumbnail

in The Reading Corner

I love Karen Russell. I would like to meet Karen Russell. I would like to be her friend. I would like to tell her how much I love her writing , how when I read her collection of short stories St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves I was so excited – thrilled that [...]

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in The Reading Corner

This week included an overnight hospital visit and lots of waiting about as well as the launch of Tainted Love, my second novel. So anxiety levels have been a bit higher than normal. I wanted a book to read whilst waiting, but it had to be one that was going to grab me and hold [...]

The Children Act by Ian McEwan<br/><span class='sec_title'>Contains spoilers!</span> Thumbnail

in The Reading Corner

I’ve just finished The Children Act by Ian McEwan. I’ve read quite a few of McEwan’s books, and enjoyed most of them. I love his writing. It’s precise and exact. He knows the way his characters think and why they behave the way they do, and he describes it to you perfectly, intricately, so it [...]

Whittlesey to March Thumbnail

in East Coast Story – the blog

I was quite excited when I booked the Dog and the Doublet. I wanted to stay in the middle of nowhere in fens. Last night I was too tired to take it in, but this is the view looking east from the front of the pub. If you look in the other direction you can [...]

Stamford to Whittlesey Thumbnail

in East Coast Story – the blog

The BBC had been threatening us with rain yesterday, but today they’d decided to relent a bit, and turned it off around 8am, just as we were having breakfast. Judy, our landlady, saw us off from Stamford with a gift of homemade flapjack, and we headed into Stamford. Stamford is a pretty town, but it’s [...]

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in East Coast Story – the blog

We’d walked the first four miles out of Oakham before, last month at the end of the Viking Way. That day we were hot and tired and wanted to catch the bus. Today it was the beginning of the Hereward Way rather than the end of the Viking Way, the morning was cool and we [...]

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in East Coast Story – the blog

I had to decide. Should I walk the last stretch or should I not. We drove to Berwick yesterday, so I’ve covered the distance, just not on foot. And although I’m following in Etheldreda’s footsteps I have no doubt she’d have accepted a lift in a car from a friend if there’s been on going. [...]

Seahouses to Beal via Bamburgh Thumbnail

in East Coast Story – the blog

The guide book says this about today’s walk – If you enjoy wallowing around in slippery mud, making your way through crops, crossing a high-speed railway line on trestles and risking the A1 then you will find the official route exciting and rewarding … If this does not grab you, try the Bamburgh to Budle [...]

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in East Coast Story – the blog

The BBC had threatened us with rain today, but although there was some before breakfast, by the time we set off it was over. It was a bit blowy, but set for another day of sunshine. Dunstanborough Castle was up ahead. A romantic ruin painted by Turner, decorated by cows, sound by seagulls, now photographed [...]