A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin

“Life changes in the instant.  The ordinary instant” Joan Didion This book  “A Life of My Own” is a class act written by a very classy lady who has lead an extraordinary life built on the very ordinariness of life and I loved it. Slightly dull in the beginning with some early scene setting, the…

5 Books to Read in September

Book Stack time and yes, I did jump the gun a little by reading 99 Stories of God in August but I couldn’t wait and as I wrote last week, it proved to be the perfect holiday read  – it just tickles me,  see below. Ha!  And its all like that  – short , pithy,…

One for the Summer Sun

99 Stories of God This book is a collection of exquisite, tiny masterpieces and is perfect for holiday reading.  I loved it. Hard to define, the book is a collection of vignettes- every day life moments – at times darkly ironic at times deeply familiar – exploring our pre-occupation with and relationship to God but in the most…

Adoption and the Fish Ladder

My sometime favourite piece of advice  in life reads something like: “This Life is a journey – you will take two steps forward and one step back – what ever you do , don’t give up or rather –  I have handled everything that has come my way so far and I will handle this…

Reading Matters: The Fish Ladder and Ynys Las

June and a review of the Fish Ladder by Katharine Norbury (Bloomsbury Publishing) And I’m remembering a time with my first husband out on the Llyn Peninsula – this book (the Fish Ladder)  has made me think of that. We were young together – we met at school on the stage in a  school play,…

Book Notes: Chit Happens

This holiday weekend I am loving this book from Narain Ishaya on the graceful art of surrender – what are you reading tonight?  

Reading Matters: May

Two contrasting books this month – “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware and “the Rules do Not Apply” by Ariel Levy “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware “Life is a choice.  It is YOUR life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness” Those who follow this blog know of my intense interest in life, what makes a life,…

Reading Matters: April

  “I love you. I’m glad I exist.” I came to Amy’s party late and almost missed the boat. Amy died in March this year. Her recent prominence eminating from among other things, an exquisite love letter extolling the virtues of her husband, Jason and why he must be dated following her imminent death from…

Reading Matters: March

Two new books to review this month: Patricia Bosworth’s beautifully written memoir: The Men in my Life – a memoir of love and art in the 1950s Manhattan A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy by Sue Klebold, mother of shooter Dylan Klebold – a book described by the Guardian as…

Reading Matters: February

Moonlight – Best February Movie. Its Sunday today and the Oscars tonight and I can only hope for recognition for this exhilarating, life affirming movie. The film tells the story of Chiron, a young black man grappling with his sexuality while growing up poor in Miami, at three pivotal points in his life. There’s a…

Reading Matters: January

Overview Living, dying, birds, art, life: beautiful prose-poem short stories from Lydia Davis and American history; January reading has been a good clear start – eclectic, rich and satisfying. Birds, Art, Life by Kyo Maclear This is a book of small things and shares a year of observations. The book’s small blocks of writing have…

Reading Matters: The Door in the Wall

This book – a Newberry Medal winner – has travelled with me over the years because it offers a real definition of faith. Set in medieval times, Robin the son of a noble man has grown up understanding his destiny is that of a nobleman and that he must learn the ways of knighthood. But…