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2017 – WHOLE year without buying books



On your marks, Get set, Sue…


Those of you with good memories are aware that I was listening to ‘Spectacles’ by Sue Perkins with my partner (if not, this is a shameless plug to prior wit), and as such I had to wait until we were together to finish it.  We are mid road-trip from the deepest darkest depths of Cornwall (St Kew) to somewhere in the Essex off the A12. So here we sit in Costa, (a standard writing location for me), sat side by side taping away on laptop keys, I am writing to you Dear Reader, she is looking at statistics.

So the scene is set, now for the review. I think it is safe to say,  we laughed so much we cried (and nearly crashed the car).  As much as it was written as book, which I think I would have probably read in her voice too, it felt like Sue was talking to us directly, not like it had be written for mass reviews or audience. It was funny, brutal, honest and all together heart-warming. From meeting her famous partner in Comedy Mel, to her long romance with Kate and the beginning, the middle and the end of poor Pickle.


Yes the truth about Sue was wonderful, the ‘gastric gymnastics’ of Parker was not but the best thing about this book was that I got to share it. I have bored my friends, partner and family with recommendations of books, stories and series of great adventures so the fact I got to enjoy this one with someone was great.

It was a refreshingly honest memoir, I liked that she wasn’t afraid to talk about difficult things or share embarrassing stories of childhood or drunken mishaps. I related to so much of it, it gave me hope. The truth behind Light Lunch, the Great British Bake Off and I’m now itching to see ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Roads’ just to Sue and Lisa cover a small child in poo…(Spoiler).


I just included this picture because the hypnotherapy stories were hilarious! I loved this book and know everyone that loves comedy, Bake Off or Sue MUST read it.

Happy Reading!


P.S Dear Reader, I am back home and have wifi so posts will be coming thick and fast!



Better than a Small Island…


I read ‘Notes from a Small Island’ a very long time ago, and I loved it. Being a little younger than today, I didn’t get a lot of it. This however, I laughed so hard that people gave me funny looks on the train. Admittedly this may have been because I was in the quiet coach and the only person not staring at a screen.

‘The Road to Little Dribbling’ by Bill Bryson, was a Christmas present from one of my new housemates and I was a little apprehensive. Like I said, I’m not a fan on non-fiction as I didn’t really get ‘Small Island’ I wasn’t sure if I’d like this but instead, I loved it. I live in Oxford so the section there was amazing. My housemate started reading it before I did and told me to read it.

There were so many places I knew or have been, that it was nice looking at them with fresh eyes. Bryson is funny and dry and looks at the world in slightly sceptical eyes but very realistic. I might have to go to Stonehenge now. I like that too much time wasn’t spent in each place especially big cities like London where there is a lot of travel writing. who would have thought Skegness had so much history?

The book flowed and travelled round the country in a random but nice order, I liked the bits in Scotland and Cornwall made me laugh a lot. It was definitely a nice change from murder mystery and YA.

I have a few other Bryson books, so I might have to give them ago later this year. Happy Reading!

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