LBC 3 Reads – Our 2023 Reads

Our bi-monthly zoom book club continues this month and - as is usual for us - we have the theme (however loosely applied) and choices ahead of time. Our 2023 Choices Theme - Delicious Reads This year we will mostly be reading books - fictional and non - that feature or are about food. 21 … Continue reading LBC 3 Reads – Our 2023 Reads


LBC White Swan – February read

We will be reading Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel. Date: 12th February 2023 Time: 6pm Venue: White Swan Leeds Beyond Black A comically sinister tale of wicked spirits and suburban mediums from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light. Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory … Continue reading LBC White Swan – February read

LBC White Swan – First book (club) of the year!

Our January choice for #LBCWSwan is The Ten Thousand Doors of January - by Alex E Harrow. The Ten Thousand Doors of January ACCORDING TO JANUARY SCALLER, THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO RUN AWAY FROM YOUR OWN STORY, AND THAT'S TO SNEAK INTO SOMEONE ELSE'S . . .  In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar … Continue reading LBC White Swan – First book (club) of the year!


While scrolling on mastodon, I learned an incredibly amazing and astounding story. Just for context, the following response was offered in connection to a conversation about #ChatGPT bot recommending book titles to students with real authors, but generated titles. Apparently, this is a known issue with the #ChatGPT world. In 1948, a fan wrote into … Continue reading Astounding!

LBC Horsforth – A massive first choice!

For #LBCHorsforth, we are opening the year with To Paradise by Hanyer Yanagihara. To Paradise To Paradise is a bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the elusive idea of utopia; driven by Yanagihara’s understanding of our desire to protect those we love – partners, lovers, children, friends, family and even … Continue reading LBC Horsforth – A massive first choice!

NowListening to Marple

Recently, I treated myself to Marple – 12 new short stories, written by contemporary authors featuring the quick witted Miss Jane Marple.  BBC Sounds has three of the short stories adapted for ratio and available now.  We are listening to them while driving back home – a lovely literary start to the new year. The Unravelling  When … Continue reading NowListening to Marple

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a peaceful 2023, full of fun and laughter. Abridged Ogden Nash poem, full poem copied as text below Tonight’s December thirty-first,Something is about to burst.The clock is crouching, dark and small,Like a time bomb in the hall.Hark, it's midnight, children dear.Duck! Here comes another year! Ogden Nash

Happy Day of the Wren

Reposting from 2011 Happy St Stephen’s Day…or Boxing Day (if you must). I hope you’re all feeling rested after yesterday’s celebrations and food! Back home (in Ireland), the 26th was historically celebrated as The Day of the Wren – Lá an Dreoilín. It is believed that this tradition emerged out of older Pagan or Druidic rituals, … Continue reading Happy Day of the Wren

#NowReading – Marple – A collection NOT by Agatha Christie

My Christmas present to myself this year is this - the gorgeous hardback of Marple. The beautiful red version of Marple. A brand new collection of short stories featuring the Queen of Crime’s legendary detective Jane Marple, penned by twelve remarkable bestselling and acclaimed authors. This collection of twelve original short stories, all featuring Jane … Continue reading #NowReading – Marple – A collection NOT by Agatha Christie

The literary world is wonderful

Author Chelsea Banning sent a sad little tweet into the ether this week: Only 2 people came to my author signing yesterday, so I was pretty bummed about it. Especially as 37 people responded “going” to the event. Kind of upset, honestly, and a little embarrassed.CHELSEABWRITES And she received solidarity well wishes from a few well … Continue reading The literary world is wonderful