Have you read Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray?

The likelihood of you finding “Magnificent Britain” by Michael Murray from a random search of the Kindle Store isn’t great. So I’ve written this post to help you. “Magnificent Britain” was the first ebook Michael (my husband) and I published with Kindle Direct and that was back in 2012 at the start of the ebook…… Continue reading Have you read Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray?

5 Literary Cats

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Ernest Hemingway A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/cat-animal-cat-portrait-cat-s-eyes-1508613/ Charles Dickens What greater gift than the love of a cat. image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/kitten-grey-heart-cat-christmas-1856133/ Mark Twain If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow;…… Continue reading 5 Literary Cats

Swinging Sixties fashion shows

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Following on from my 1950s fashions post, here are some brilliant video clips from the 1960s. The first clip is great for a walk down Memory Lane as it features the mini-kilt, my favourite in 1966. I bought my mini-kilt from C&A (Coats and ‘Ats as it was known in my family). My dad went…… Continue reading Swinging Sixties fashion shows

How shall we find the concord of this discord?

How shall we find the concord of this discord? Theseus, Duke of Athens A Midsummer Night’s Dream V.1 William Shakespeare Today I’m going to tell you about Michael Murray’s novel, Leefdale, for which the above quote is the epigraph. Here we go…. As well as being the author of Magnificent Britain, Julia’s Room, and the…… Continue reading How shall we find the concord of this discord?

More Quartets and a Camomile Lawn

I really enjoyed listening to all the Beethoven String Quartets a few weeks ago. I love the way the four instruments sound as though they’re one. My untrained ear can’t tell where one player starts and another stops; it’s just a cohesive whole. Recently I’ve listened to more string quartets: a CD compilation of French…… Continue reading More Quartets and a Camomile Lawn

Sunday Serial #4

This is the fourth instalment of the serialisation of “Leefdale” by Michael Murray. If you missed the earlier instalments click here and start reading from the beginning with the Look Inside feature. Otherwise, read on …. CHAPTER TWO ‘You’ll have to wait here until I’ve switched off the security device,’ said Sharon. She unlocked the…… Continue reading Sunday Serial #4

Who was your favourite childhood author?

As an adult reader I don’t think I could identify any one particular author as my favourite but that wasn’t the case when I was young. I had a couple of years when the Enid Blyton shelf in the public library was my preferred starting place for book choices. But eventually that waned and my…… Continue reading Who was your favourite childhood author?

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with these lovely illustrations.

image credit: Arthur Rackham [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with these fabulous Arthur Rackham illustrations from the 1909 Charles and Mary Lamb “Tales of Shakespeare”. Romeo and Juliet image credit: Arthur Rackham [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Arthur Rackham was born in Lewisham in 1867. At the age of 17, he was sent on an ocean voyage to Australia to improve…… Continue reading Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with these lovely illustrations.

Book Blog: September by Rosamunde Pilcher

For light, highly entertaining and totally absorbing reading you can’t beat a Rosamunde Pilcher novel. And as I’ve had to spend a couple of days resting a strained ligament, her writing has been a godsend to keep my spirits up and pass the time as pleasantly as possible. I’ve already read several of her novels…… Continue reading Book Blog: September by Rosamunde Pilcher

Happy National Tea Day!

The habit of drinking tea dates back thousands of years but didn’t become popular in England until the 1660s. However, it wasn’t until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared. image credit: [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons In 1840 afternoon tea was introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford.…… Continue reading Happy National Tea Day!