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The Stranger by Harlan Coben for #LBCHorsforth The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces … Continue reading Now reading …

By Heart – Attempt 1 – The Eagle by Alfred Tennyson

I decided to start my lockdown project this morning. Ted Hughes uses his introduction to recommend an older technique to learn poems off. Learning by rote - he argues - was an attempt ‘to eradicate imagery from all aspects of life’ by the Puritan/political ascendency of the Civil War and has become the norm. However, … Continue reading By Heart – Attempt 1 – The Eagle by Alfred Tennyson

A friend sent me this

After yesterday’s blog. (We don’t have a credit, so if you’re it, please let me know!) I love this! Such a positive picture!

Bookshops *are* essential. And now more than ever!!

The Guardian has a piece on why book shops should be considered essential during this second lockdown. In a letter to government ministers today, the BA’s managing director Meryl Halls described bookshops as “lanterns of civilisation and, for many, beacons of hope”. Keeping them closed while allowing other retailers who sell books to remain open … Continue reading Bookshops *are* essential. And now more than ever!!

Lockdown Reads

Have decided to try and learn some poems By Heart so have finally opened my long owned, never read copy of this: By Heart 101 Poems to Remember. Introduction by Ted Hughes I don’t expect to learn a poem a day, but I’m loving the selection so far. Besides, with all the politicians saying lockdown … Continue reading Lockdown Reads


Harlan Coben - The Stranger The LBC Horsforth choice!

Mary Wollstoncraft Statue

Only 13% of the statues in the UK are of historical female figures - in fact, you're more likely to find fictional women represented than their real life counterparts. And over half of those are members of the Royal family - so even less representative of the population at large, than invented and made up … Continue reading Mary Wollstoncraft Statue

Once a dancer…

Danielle shared this with me tonight and it’s so beautiful and loving and hopeful, despite everything. This is such a fantastic thing to see and …Once a dancer… Blogged this as my other self, but it’s too lovely not to share here.

2020 – LBC Horsforth Scorecard

Here are the books that we have read/are reading for 2020. I can't speak for the others but I'm a little surprised to see that the Overstory was *this* year. Actually pretty much all of the first three months feel like a lifetime ago! 15-01 - The Overstory - Richard Powers - 612-02 My sister, … Continue reading 2020 – LBC Horsforth Scorecard

2020 – LBC White Swan Scorecard

Here are the books that we have read/are reading for 2020. What a strange year! 19-01 - The Girl Who Could Move S*t With Her Mind - Jackson Ford - 2.509-02 Melmouth - Sarah Perry - 608-03 Three Hours - Rosamund Lipton - 719-04 The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton - 517-05* The invisible life of … Continue reading 2020 – LBC White Swan Scorecard