A novella idea…

Well the new year is underway and it's another year of excellent reading ahead! But if you're struggling to get back into the rhythm of reading, or if the idea of a thick tome after weeks of recreation has you daunted, then I've got an idea for you; why not try a novella or two!? A…
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The 12 sounds of Christmas

December is here and it's time to make merry! Break out the ugly Christmas shirts, decorate the house and surrounds, start thinking about that all-conquering Christmas lunch, and sing a happy tune - but which tune...? Here are some ideas to give you the soundtrack of seasonal festivity that you deserve! 🙂 The 12 Sounds…
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A natural quartet

I've recently been delving into some "recreational non-fiction" reading! Recreational non-fiction is what you might call stories based on fact that read as easily as a novel. This can be particularly true of memoir or biographies, and I've come across four such titles that I would like to recommend to you, the Christchurch reading public…
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A Month of Winners!

Don't you love it when you unexpectedly stumble onto a run of truly great reads...?? October was a massive month for me behind the pages and it revealed some amazing and varied titles; one of which was a Man Booker Prize shortlisted debut novel (which would've been a worthy winner IMHO), another was an account…
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There’s mutiny afoot…

"History is written by the winners" This quote is attributed to either Churchill or perhaps Hermann Göring (the jury is still out!) and it's pretty accurate - if yours is the only side of the story people hear, then its probably going to be the one that everybody believes. But the not-so-recent rise of fictional accounts…
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The Rankin File – Ian Rankin at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season

Ian Rankin is coming to town as part of WORD Christchurch, and I've got myself a ticket to go and see/hear him speak! Now it's confession time ... I've never read an Ian Rankin novel. In my years working in public libraries, Rankin's books have been ever-present and always on the move. Their uniform cover design makes…
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