This Charming Man

ROD: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY ROD STEWART

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This was a great read. A really captivating and brilliant story of Rock n Roll excess, high times, low times and very bad behaviour.

Rod Stewart’s journey through Rock is well known. We are all familiar with his voice, hair, great songs and his love of drugs and tall leggy blondes. Here though, we are getting it from the horse’s mouth and Rod is a great raconteur – candid and hilarious throughout. Continue reading

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Going on the favourites shelf

WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE? BY MARIA SEMPLE

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Ok, ready for a great big bold statement? This is one of the best novels I have read in the last decade! Maria Semple’s second novel pretty much cleaned up the Best of 2012 awards but I’d put off reading it as it came with so many heavyweight recommendations and gushing reviews that I was bound to be disappointed.

No way! This was fresh, funny storytelling with clever twists and satirical digs that I found delightfully original. Throughout the book I had no idea what was coming next and that made for a really thrilling ride.

Where’d You Go Bernadette is an epistolary story told through emails, letters, handwritten notes and FBI reports. Set in Seattle we meet Bernadette – local menace, architect genius, recluse, wife of Microsoft golden boy and pushy mother to 15 year old daughter Bee. We join Bee on a journey literally to the end of the earth to find her mother when she disappears. Continue reading

Pleasing final mooring in canal boat trilogy

NARROW DOG TO WIGAN PIER BY TERRY DARLINGTON

The final part of the Narrow Dog trilogy sees pensioners Terry and Monica Darlington and their two whippets heading north on their latest boating adventure. Their previous tales took them across the Channel to France (Narrow Dog to Carcassone) and through America (Narrow Dog to Indian River).narrowdog

All three of these books are beautifully written and witty affairs. At worst you could call them whimsical. In Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier we follow this eccentric bunch on their new boat the Phyllis May 2 (the original Phyllis May canal boat having perished in a fire) as they sail to Liverpool, Lancaster, York, the Pennines and finally to Wigan Pier. Continue reading