#EmptyShelf 2016 #10: We Make the Road by Walking (@brianmclaren)

Over the past year I’ve been part of a closed Facebook group reading We Make the Road by Walking together – and we’ve just come to the last week’s reading. The book is described on Brian McLaren’s website as: Brian’s 2014 release offers 52+ chapters that give an overview of the biblical story and a fresh Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #9: The Last Concubine

Well, reading in the evening seems to be gathering pace! This time it’s 620 pages, and yes, I’ve read them all! The Last Concubine, written by Lesley Downer, is another novel set against a well-researched historical background, set in 1860s Japan. The author had lived in Japan, and done a lot of research, and a deep sense Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #3: Harriet Evans, A Place for Us

This book was recommended via the Georgette Heyer Appreciation Facebook group, and was only 99p on Kindle, so I gave it a go. Not clear on the link as in this book there’s only one vague reference to Georgette Heyer, and the author is more commonly aligned with Maeve Binchy and Rosamund Pilcher. I read this Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #2: @SuePerkins – Spectacles

I received Sue Perkins Spectacles: A Memoir (Penguin, 2015) for Christmas, and I enjoyed reading it over the course of the last couple of evenings (before term kicks in, and I end up reading seminar-prep books instead!). Right from the off, you could hear gentle giggles as I read my way through this book – as Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #1: Jane Maas – Mad Women

So, for 2014, Jon Acuff suggested the #EmptyShelf challenge. As I’ve just put my ‘Shelfies‘ into Book Buddy (Pro), now it’s time to start reading some of them, right? So might as well go with #EmptyShelf, and give brief overviews of each book on this blog! Over the Christmas break, I also managed to read Lionel Continue Reading →

[REVIEW] Finding Myself in Britain: Our Search for Faith, Home & True Identity by @AmyBoucherPye

As someone whose PhD essentially focused upon British identity, and how the government during the Second World War sought to capitalise on that to ensure full engagement in the war by British citizens, a super-fan of Kate Fox’s Watching the English, along with really enjoying Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island and Icons of Continue Reading →

[Review] Digging for Diamonds by @CathyMadavan

I met Cathy at Spring Harvest in 2013, and have enjoyed chatting with her on Facebook, and occasional face-to-face meetings every since, so looked forward to reading what she had to say! Often known as ‘Bargain Bex’, I soon highlighted the sentence: Good quality doesn’t usually come cheap, ethically sourced is not often a bargain Continue Reading →

[Review] More TV Vicar? by @vahva

After seeing reviews in The Times, The Church Times, The Sunderland Echo, various radio shows, others blogs, and the Daily Mail, finally time for me to get around to my review of Bryony’s book. I am privileged to have known Bryony for several years, to have supervised her recent BA dissertation, and to have heard Continue Reading →