Friday Five: time-shift novels

I've always been fascinated by the concept of different time lines, or time that moves in different ways in different places. So it's hardly a surprise that some of my favourite books share this subject: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe: C S Lewis I loved this book as a kid - the adventure, [...]

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Friday Five: favourite first lines

A fistful of Fs for today's title, and a fistful of first lines that have caught my attention, one way or another, over the years. In sort of reverse order, they are: The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." Not the most descriptive or earth-shattering [...]

Friday Five – unusual historicals

There's a tendency sometimes for historical novels to be set in very similar time periods - Henry VIII, the English Civil War, Victorian Britain.  So it's a breath of fresh air to discover books set in some much more unusual times and places that you might not otherwise have come across.  Here's a handful I've [...]

Friday Five – garden mysteries

I'm a sucker for any kind of mystery and I love gardens and gardening, so it stands to reason I would seek out books with a bit of both.  I've read a few over the years; here's a selection of some of them: Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce Still one of my favourite books [...]