Crikey, where have I been?!  I’m not sure why there’s been a delay in getting back to writing here, no good reason or excuse.  But now, I’m back!

Spain was great and, although difficult, it was good to see my friend and let her talk and share her experience over the last few months.  Thank goodness for her two beautiful children who will keep her going over the difficult period ahead and give her reasons to see that the world is still a wonderful place despite her sorrow.

So, back to books.  I was thrilled at our reading group discussion of Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey because it turned out that my fellow group members felt pretty much the way I did.  A great read that was, at times rather too complex and complicated and none of us is sure we entirely ‘got’ it – but hey we enjoyed the read/adventure.

Our next book, somewhat shorter, is The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys which I’m really looking forward to reading as the idea of taking a key figure (Bertha – the first Mrs Rochester – from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre) and recounting a potential back story is intriguing.

Outside of book group I’ve just finished reading Sovereign by C J Sansom and whilst I loved it (and didn’t guess the antagonist), there was a bit around the 400-page mark where I was beginning to think the action was dragging a bit.  I was so relieved when the boat left Hull as, like the main characters, I was sick of the North!  A few more twists in the last hundred pages though made up for any slight pause in the action.

I’ve decided to go for something completely different next and late last night read the first few pages of Julian Fellowes’ Past Imperfect which is something of a departure for me as I’ve never read any of his work.

Right, off to do a bit of writing work, an e-newsletter this time on eco friendly promotional products.


About alkitaba

Reading and writing, writing and reading. Reading about writing, writing about reading. However you like to do it is fine by me. In particular I'm interested in Arab literature and at the moment my passion is Arab women writers.
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