A time of change

It’s a beautiful sunny morning here in my corner of Yorkshire, but there is a definite chill in the air. The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, otherwise known as autumn, will soon be here. I love this time of year and the feeling of change that comes with it.

When I was younger I loved returning to school after a long summer. I loved buying new notebooks and pens, but more than anything I loved the idea of a new start. It’s twenty-two years since I left school but I still get that feeling.

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Saturday short story: Foster by Claire Keegan

In Claire Keegan’s Foster a girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm in County Wicklow, rural Ireland, around the time of the IRA hunger strikes.


In her new home she finds kindness and warmth, something she’s not known in her own home. Under the care of her foster parents, the Kinsellas, she thrives, learning to read and run.

There is a constant warning that Continue reading


The week in books (6-12 June 2016)

Now that my exams are over I’m looking forward to a summer of reading. I’ve got lots of novels, memoirs and short stories on my to read pile. Before I start blogging about these books, I wanted to update you on last week.

What a good week it was!

On Tuesday I finished my exam on the nineteenth century novel, part of my English Literature degree. I’m pleased to say it went really well. We celebrated by having a meal out and booking a holiday in the sun. Chris and I have been very busy lately, so we’re looking forward to a week’s holiday. Chris is also a keen reader, so there will be lots of reading.

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Exam over – let the summer reading begin

I did it! I survived a three-hour exam on the nineteenth century novel. I even enjoyed it, just a little.

The exam was yesterday morning. I woke early feeling a bit nervous but, thankfully, the adrenalin kicked in. Before going into the exam, I got a tea and sat outside in the sunshine doing a bit of last-minute revising. It helped me to focus. I felt ready.

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The final exam countdown

In just one week it will all be over. I will have completed my Open University nineteenth century novel exam.

This time next week I will either be celebrating because it went very well, and all the books I wanted to crop up on the exam paper did crop up, or I will be fretting that it’s all gone horribly wrong. Either way, it will be over. That will be a good thing.

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The week in books

The weeks are going too quickly. It’s now only two weeks until my exam. I wish time would slow down a bit, just so I can do the necessary revision.

Over the last week I have completed and passed (hurrah!) my final assignment for my literature degree, had my dad’s birthday party (more small gathering really) and taken part in a few running races. Here are a few pics from the small gathering. Olivia had spent most of the day being creative and decorating the door.

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Friday read – Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary is the story of Emma Bovary, a woman who struggles to cope with the monotony of provincial life. Emma dreams of a better, more sophisticated and cosmopolitan existence, but is powerless to change things.

Married to a man who irritates and bores her, Emma seeks romance through a series of affairs. She lives her life through literature, developing an idealised view of romance. It’s an ideal that can never be realised, and Emma sinks into depression as she realises that she cannot fulfil her desires.

First published in 1857, Madame Bovary is an attack Continue reading