Off the shelf (3)

As followers of our blog will know, voracious reader Robyn has been sharing with us on a regular basis the titles that she has been adding to her For Later shelf. This time she reports back on some of the titles that have graduated to her Completed shelf. Some lovely books that have come off the…
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Go fly a kite

Do you remember what your first kite was like? Mine was made out of brown wrapping paper. It had a picture of John, Paul, George and Ringo that had been carefully cut out of a magazine stuck on it. It didn't fly very well at all. I was not deterred, and over the years I…
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A Scottish Arcadia

Reading a book about a garden is an unusual event for me. For a start I don't like gardening, and I am more of a fiction reader, however Another Green World Linn Botanic Gardens: Encounters with a Scottish Arcadia is as much about the two characters who created this garden as it is about the…
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Can you handle the truth?

The truth can be rough, can be inspiring, or depressing, or fascinating - or all of the above. Good biography writers know that, and know exactly how to grip you in with stories of real people and the astonishing lives they've lived - or are still living. Biographies are a way to see history and culture…
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The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal

Americans love the idea that an ordinary individual can achieve the extra-ordinary - the American Dream! So it's no surprise that American youth were enthralled with the Facebook story when details of its gnarly conception started to emerge. Author Ben Mezrich did well to cater to this interest and capitalize on it early on. In…
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