‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

I often avoid "inspirational books" but I heard so many people I respect recommend Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear', that I decided to give it a go. I found Gilbert's story fascinating, especially her reflections and experiences after writing Eat, Pray, Love (which I haven't read by the way) and ironically, found … Continue reading ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

‘Over Hill and Dale’ by Gervase Phinn

  I'd already read The Little Village School and so I knew I was in for a sweet read when I downloaded Over Hill and Dale by Gervase Phinn. Gervase Phinn was a school inspector and this series of books, he weaves anecdotes together to create beautiful stories that have the innocence and charm of … Continue reading ‘Over Hill and Dale’ by Gervase Phinn

‘A Far Cry from Kensington’ by Muriel Spark

I call this type of books "cozy reading" - they're not hard work too read, they usually don't shake me emotionally and I know some of the characters are going to make me feel warm. And I always laugh when I read Muriel Spark and enjoy her social commentary. 'A Far Cry from Kensington' is … Continue reading ‘A Far Cry from Kensington’ by Muriel Spark

‘Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5’ by Stella Rimington

I love crime stories, detective books and spy novels. I've read quite a few of Stella Rimington's novels featuring Liz Carlyle and so it was about time that I found out more about the author herself. So here are my favourite quotes from 'Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5'. Of course … Continue reading ‘Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5’ by Stella Rimington

On Being an Artist

"It is just an accident that determines whether an artist becomes musician, painter or writer. All art is based on a desire to communicate, a love of beauty, a need to create order out of disorder." Patricia Highsmith Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

Currently reading ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan 

I'm only on chapter 4, but I am already coming across some interesting quotes in Ian McEwan's "Nutshell", that I'd like to share with you. The story is told in first person by, get ready, the foetus in a woman's body, about to come into the world. The novel is a combination of domestic story … Continue reading Currently reading ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan