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The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology by Mark Boyle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781786076007
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Published: Oneworld Publications - June 11th, 2019

Boyle draws you in gently, and then fully converts you to his wild way of living, and clear way of thinking, with no real intention to do so. This book really has the power to change your life! His initial intention was to live for a year with no technology, but you have to think beyond the computers and phones, he means none at all - no power which means no lights, no hot water, no flushing toilet. One year turns into over two years, and Boyle finds that he truly becomes alive, and finds an authentic way to live that reconnects him not only to the world in which we live, but also the people in it. When technology is removed, one is forced to enjoy the company of others in a more immediate way. What really struck me was the way in which corporations intrude so fully upon our lives, and dictate what we desire, and will pay to acquire, without us realising that it is not actually our own free will. An enlightening view into a slower pace of living, and a shift in priorities, whether you come out the other side still wanting the trappings of the modern world, or you want to run into the hills and build a cabin, it sure is a worthy read. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

Do you want to fall in love? Reading this will cause you to, with a weird and wonderful woman. The world of Jenny Slate is indeed filled with observations that are a little weird, but to view the world through her eyes is a total delight. Laugh out loud funny! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Rewild Yourself: Making Nature More Visible in Our Lives by Simon Barnes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643132167
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 1st, 2019

An entirely spellbinding book, that will remind those that have forgotten the wonders of the world we are part of, and delight those who are smart enough to already know. Give this to everyone you know, but keep a copy for yourself, and revel in the joys of bottomless sits and magical pants! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Big Sky (Jackson Brodie #5) by Kate Atkinson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316523097
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 25th, 2019

After nine years, Atkinson has brought us the next chapter of Jackson Brodie’s life. We find him a little older, maybe wiser, and now living in a quiet seaside village, occasionally visited by his teenage son. In his role as a private investigator, Brodie has been working more predictable jobs, like his current unfaithful husband, suspicious wife surveillance case, until a chance encounter with a suicidal man, throws him back into a high level investigation along side ex-colleagues from the police force. We enter the sinister world of organized crime, and a roller coaster of intrigue and violence begins. If, like many of us, you’ve been waiting for a new Jackson Brodie novel, this will not disappoint! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

The Snakes: A Novel by Sadie Jones - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062897022
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Published: Harper - June 25th, 2019

A beautifully crafted novel that builds the tension provocatively in a manner which will grip you and not let go. It begins as our protagonists, a young professional couple, go on vacation, stopping by a hotel that is run by the wife’s brother, only to find that the hotel has no guests, bar the snakes in the title, and to be surprised by the unexpected arrival of her parents. When tragedy strikes, the true nature of this, anything but normal, family begins to be slowly, but shockingly, revealed. Capturing many of today’s issues, along with the age old troublesome dynamics of family, this is such a brilliantly told story, I can’t recommend highly enough. Gripping, suspenseful and sublime. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Time Song: Journeys in Search of a Submerged Land by Julia Blackburn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101871676
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Published: Pantheon - August 6th, 2019

Such an interesting book, Blackburn has combined memoir, travelogue and history in this journey to a lost land, known as Doggerland, not to mention the poems: the time songs which are interspersed throughout the book. Doggerland is a name given to the land that used to connect Great Britain to the rest of Europe, and is now submerged beneath the North Sea. We are treated to almost a treasure hunt through history in the way the author guides us through this intriguing land, and the flora and fauna that inhabited it. An absolute gem of a book!


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