In September I read:
Well I really enjoyed that. In similar vein to Alexander McCall Smith but I enjoyed even more! Gentle humour, a ‘gentle’ murder hunt, some ‘gentle’ comedy and plenty of delicious food ideas! Exactly what you want to read on a few days off …
I really enjoyed this book, it’s a gentle jog (with some tough themes, appropriate for the age of the readers) through an escape set towards the end of the war with a Jewish boy and a Roma girl – and a lot of horses – at the centre of it. It would give plenty of topic of conversation for those reading it with their children, and adults can appreciate it to. Well researched.
I really enjoyed this book, and took photos of a few pages that really struck me (especially about body image). It really highlights the problematic culture that we live in that so shapes our lives (particularly women), encouraging women not to take up so much space in the world. There are mentions of social media, but thankfully it’s not blamed for the content and the cultural expectations that are shared on there – years of magazine culture – emerging around the time that women got the vote – encourages women to focus on ‘having it all’, appearance, not speaking up, etc. Definitely worth a read – lots of humour, bits of repetition occasionally.
Another book that I enjoyed – always love people’s visions of dystopian futures – and in this book we gradually see how the character’s stories weave together. I’m always fascinated by the survivalist techniques- and how everyday objects that we take for granted become useless or repurposed!! Left the book in a charity shop in Dundee for someone else to enjoy …
I’ve had this book on my shelf for years, but decided that as I was going on a fly-fishing weekend (Casting for Recovery), if I wasn’t going to read it then, when was I! It wasn’t what I’d expected at all – clearly hadn’t read the back cover – a political extravaganza – and some of the fly-fishing language I learnt in Scotland this weekend helped! I enjoyed it, enjoyed the format of different forms of ‘evidence’ whilst trying to guess what they were evidence for. Unlikely to read it a second time, but it kept me intrigued. This will also be left in a charity shop in Dundee!
Well this book fitted perfectly into a train journey from Dundee to Manchester. I’ve read a few of Lesley Pearse’s books and they’re not the lightest of books, but there’s always enough detail to keep you interested. This was another in a similar vein – dark subject matter, set in the 1960s – kept me guessing for quite a while!
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) 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.