Can I recommend

I've just found a new way to add to the ever-increasing list of book titles that I have great difficulty getting around to reading but have kept on my 'For Later' shelf in BiblioCommons. The cliché 'better late than never' springs to mind. My shelf currently stands at a very respectable 17 (I'm sure there…
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Lists for the Listless

It's been a miserable, dark, rainy afternoon - I admit, it's the first time in a long time but even so I've got used to good weather now … As Autumn, (crisp and blazing riots of red and orange hued leaves) becomes clumps of wet, slippery mulch on pavements and in gutters, my thoughts turn…
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Bad Hair Days

You know it's a bad day when you stumble myopically to the bathroom, 'cos you can't find your glasses without the aid of glasses; open the bathroom cabinet and spray your luxuriant locks with anti-perspirant and only realise your mistake when you locate aforementioned specs and can see that you are about to apply the…
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Resolving My Resolutions

I am firmly resolved not to make any New Year's Resolutions this year. Actually, I make the same statement at around this time of year every year without fail and invariably New Year's Eve finds me trying to think of something that isn't too ambitious so that I will not let myself down. If these…
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Geraldine Brooks in Christchurch on 18 November – Toppling the hero…

Make sure not to miss this on Wednesday 18 November at 7.30pm - WORD Christchurch and Bookenz, in association with Hachette NZ, are proud to present an evening with Pulitzer prize-winning writer Geraldine Brooks, in conversation with Morrin Rout. Human nature being what it is, we place certain personalities on pedestals only to vilify them…
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Pressured Viewing

Once upon a time there was 'The Movie'. I've never tried to work out how many hours I've spent watching them (the hours lost that can never be regained), but as a child/stroppy teenager I would slump down in a chair on a Saturday afternoon at around 3pm to watch the Saturday afternoon matinee. It…
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Belle

Based on a real incident in the eighteenth-century, this beautifully crafted story is also a visual treat for those that love elaborate costumes, majestic sets and wondrous landscapes. I have yet to read the book by Paula Byrne, but the DVD was a joy to watch. Dido Elizabeth Belle was the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of…
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B is for…

...Bobby, a blue and white budgie that I remember from childhood – he could say his name, address and telephone number (presumably in case he got lost?) and ‘beak-planted’ onto the floor of the cage from his perch one lunchtime when my brother and I were listening to Listen with Mother on the radio. We…
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The Thirteenth Tale

Recently, I have found that my book choices have been a little disappointing - in fact I could categorically state that they have not captured my imagination at all!  A sad state of affairs.  But that was before I came across The Thirteenth Tale...  During my short Christmas holiday I spent any free time actively seeking out a quiet…
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