Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan, translated by Heather Lloyd

Bonjour Tristesse - Françoise Sagan Translated by Heather Lloyd First published 1954 Penguin, 2013

Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
Translated by Heather Lloyd
First published 1954
Penguin, 2013

This book came to my attention when I read Max’s wonderful review of it which inspired me to add the book to my to-read list instantly. In an attempt to lift myself from my recent reading slump I looked over my list and, remembering how I felt about the book when I added it, I reserved a copy at the library. Continue reading


The ongoing reading slump

I have this theory that book blogging both causes and cures my reading slumps.

This year started off as a good reading year for me – I rang in 2015 with Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk which I’m pretty sure will end up on my list of favourite books read this year. I picked up that book because of the numerous glowing reviews I read of it on book blogs; I’m really grateful to all of those bloggers that raved about it because, when I first heard about the book, I thought it was one that wouldn’t interest me (how wrong was I!) and was quite happy for it to pass me by. Since reading that book, it’s started this interest in nature and travel writing – basically, it’s made me start to read more nonfiction and has opened up this whole new avenue of reading for me.

And that’s all thanks to book blogs and the book blogging community. Continue reading

Peter and Alice – John Logan

Peter and Alice John Logan

Peter and Alice – John Logan
Oberon Books, 2013

I was fortunate to see Peter and Alice at the Noel Coward theatre in London in 2013, and I can honestly say it remains one of my favourite performances and plays. Judi Dench was, as is to be expected, extraordinary and Ben Whishaw so completely embodied the character and acted with such an intensity that I just had to watch him when he was on stage. It was a powerful performance that I wish I could see again. Continue reading

Diving Belles – Lucy Wood

Diving Belles Lucy Wood

Diving Belles – Lucy Wood
Bloomsbury, 2013

I picked up this collection after reading a review of Lucy Wood’s new novel Weathering and, having looked into her work, was interested in her collection of short stories set along the Cornwall coast. It’s a collection which wonderfully weaves mythology, folklore, magic, and the sea into a set of stories which leave me eager to read more of her work. Continue reading

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

Wild Cheryl Strayed

Wild – Cheryl Strayed
Atlantic Books, 2012
This edition, 2015

It was all the positive reviews I’d read and an advert for the recent film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon that spurred me on to read this book – not that I really needed much encouragement. Wild is Cheryl Strayed’s account of her time hiking the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) in America.

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