Where Memories Go – book Review

This is one of the saddest books I've ever read. That's not to say it isn't good, it is.  But it is also pretty unrelentingly sad. Sally Magnusson, daughter of the well-known writer and TV personality,  Magnus Magnusson, writes both her mother's life story and the story of the mother's descent into dementia. Along the... Continue Reading →

Women, politics and hope

Yesterday evening I enjoyed a lovely meal with a group of girlfriends I hadn't seen for a while. On previous such occasions the main focus of our conversation would be about the personal details of our lives "how are the kids doing?", "Where are you going on holiday?", that type of stuff. But last night... Continue Reading →

“Ghana Must Go” – Book Review

The story of a broken family, broken through several generations then formed and broken again, this book is heart-wrenching but brilliant. A debut novel for Taiye Selasi, it won the Granta best young British novelist 2013 prize, deservedly so. It is the story of a Nigerian-Ghanaian family who are trying to make a new life... Continue Reading →

Mountains we should not climb

There is a mountain range that should never be climbed. Every time we pray 'Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory' we are reminding ourselves of three mountains we all make regular attempts to climb. I have just come to the end of a second 'Beginner's Course' - we have gone through... Continue Reading →

Be Joyful in Hope

On Wednesday evening as part of our Lent course, a group of us from church studied a passage from Romans 12: 9-21. In the CEV the chapter is entitled 'How to live the new life of Love'. How to... indeed... that is the question. This passage gets really specific. 21 instructions follow one after the... Continue Reading →

Mornings in Jenin – A Book Review

(this review contains no plot spoilers) This is a book that deserves the widest possible reading. It covers the Palestinian - Jewish conflict through the experiences of one family over sixty years beginning before 1948, the establishment of the State of Israel and ending around 2002. The story traces the lives, loves and losses of... Continue Reading →

When Before became After

In spite of having been an English teacher I never used to like poetry. I think trying to get spotty thirteen year olds to appreciate Coleridge or Keats, ruined it for me (and probably for them). However in the last few years I admit I've been reading it for pleasure. Thank you Alison Farnell, for... Continue Reading →

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