wendy holden beautiful people
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As you can probably tell by now, I am a complete Wendy Holden fan, going through all her books from the library. The characters are always brilliantly fleshed out with depth. There’s a great use of nomenclature – character names are thoughtfully developed and hilarious, with a plot that runs quickly and lightly, a great page […]

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I haven’t been so glued to a book like The Mysterious Benedict Society since I can’t remember! Reviews compare Trenton Lee Stewart’s book to Harry Potter books and Charlie and the chocolate factory. It’s got this wild and mad childlike wonder and brilliance, and an exciting plot that runs along quickly. All the characters are […]

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I picked up Rainbow Rowell’s book based on the review at the back of the book, but it was a pretty boring read and too literally about a landline that connected the protagonist between past and present and went no where. I had thought it’d be interesting rewinding dating pre mobile era and present day with […]

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I was hooked on her other novel In the Company of The Courtesan set in the 14th century Italy with its plot unfolding mainly in Venezia, a place close to my heart having lived in the Veneto. However, I am sad to report that Sacred Heart was so slow and was missing a denouement, ending abruptly […]

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I’m reading alot more these days and trying to manage a book a week, back into the old bedtime habit of reading before sleep – which is another way to keep me off illuminated screens at bed time. I judged this book by its cover and thought it’d be a fun read – it’s exactly that, […]

book the shoemaker's wife
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I forgot how much I missed fiction and how much fiction I was reading a decade ago before work took priorities, but it’s been really good picking up fiction books at the library again. You never really know what you’re going to end up with. I thought The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani would fall into […]

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore,
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The Macau Taipa library still has no system of filing their books Charles Dickens alongside Slyvia Plath and Dickens… it’s neither time, genre or author based (like most libraries around the world it is filed with a system in alphabetical order of the author’s last name). I picked up the book by chance and based it […]


image via GOOD magazine There are so many lists on food literature, both non-fiction and fiction, this list is by no means exhausive. Here are some recent 12 I’ve read and really enjoyed. A year or so ago, I was planning to do a masters course in gastronomy at the Slow Food university, UNISG founded […]

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Image via here He loved his long, sometimes weary 12 hour shifts at the supermarket, greeting familiar faces with the usual load of groceries or meeting new ones and getting to know them from their weekly buys. Although he has only worked there for a year, he made many new friends, young and old. He […]