In August I read:
I don’t know quite what I thought of this book – I thought it was very well written – but heavy on the sex scenes. I’d picked it up because the cover looked like a Georgette Heyer book … but it’s certainly not a cheerful book like that. The reality, however, makes sense – families, war, inheritance – always complex!
I really enjoyed this book – my first borrow from a library in years! I wanted something lighthearted and this was it (also interesting part that Facebook/Twitter has to play in author being known).
Years of reading essays (and writing own stuff) means I pick up on the occasional duplication of info & the change of tone where he seeks to talk legalities of policing – the rest of it is just funny!! Especially enjoyed the ‘no pregnant women do not get to pee in my helmet’!
Well, this was pretty easy reading, and all for a good cause, but kind of lacking in substance for the most part. Will Hill and Sarah Manning were my favourite entries – probably because long enough to get a narrative going!
This book is a gentle, humorous read covering American high school, body image, marriage, divorce, dating – and excellent friendships in the midst of tough times in life. Some literal LOL moments too.
I was totally fascinated by this book, although I kept being distracted by looking things up, and watching eg the 2003 BBC documentary. My mum had been reading this whilst I was recovering from surgery last year, and shown me the picture of a gathering – thinking she could well be the white hat in the bottom right hand corner! I remember her saying how her parents had left the EBs, and afterwards if my Grandma had walked past her brothers house, he would deliberately turn his back so as not to mix.
Having grown up in Open Brethren I kept picking up on bits that flowed into there (the hats, the women’s silence, the square room & breaking of bread, no TV. the language, etc). Having grown up 20 minutes away from Brighton elements of that were also very familiar (and as one might expect with Brethren interconnectedness, one family in the church I grew up in are related)… I’ve turned down quite a few corners in the book of things I want to have another look at when I’m less tired!!
Jay Rayner’s reviews in the papers often make me laugh, so I looked forward to this – and it didn’t disappoint. There was plenty of research mixed in with the rants, along with some personal stories (hadn’t twigged that his mother was the agony aunt Claire Rayner). I was particularly interested in his thoughts on how farmer’s markets, etc, good as they are – are not going to solve the current food issues and maybe we need to look to the big producers AND the pressure the supermarkets put on farmers to ensure UK can be largely food sufficient too. The chapter on food Miles is also particularly interesting as he talks about how reductionist that is and there’s a lot more factors at play – essentially we need to look at the ‘total life cost’ of everything we eat, including the resources required to grow them.
I’d quibble with his ‘God is an invisible fairy’ type argument, but otherwise – there was a lot to learn, written in a pacey style!
I really enjoyed this book, reading it on an evening when overtired and looking forward to something gentle. I met Natalie at a Georgette Heyer event so pleased to see that she offers a lot of what I love about Heyer – a focus on strong characters, a bit of mystery, and an engagement with plot rather than an obsession with sex scenes.
The ghost story has a touch of Romeo and Juliet about it, the romance happens quite fast – enjoyed the respect held between the characters!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.