• My 2019 Reading Challenge: Halfway Through

    July 17, 2019 Hels

    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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  • Author Interview: Lucy Clarke

    May 13, 2019 Hels

    “Life shouldn’t be reduced to filtered images and captions, should it? It’s about birth and death and that beautiful, brutal stretch of time between.” ― Lucy Clarke, You Let Me In

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  • My Favourite Bookstagram Accounts

    May 6, 2019 Hels

    “Then, on impulse, I scroll back through my previous Instagram posts, looking at the photos of London cafes, sights, drinks, and smiling faces (mostly strangers). The whole thing is like a feel-good movie, and what’s wrong with that? Loads of people use colored filters or whatever on Instagram. Well, my filter is the “this is how I’d like it to be” filter… And the point is, it’s something to aspire to, something to hope for.” ― Sophie Kinsella, My Not So Perfect…

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  • London in Literature

    April 25, 2019 Hels

    “It seems that she can survive, she can prosper, if she has London around her.” ― Michael Cunningham, The Hours

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  • Why I Dislike the Harry Potter Film Adaptations

    April 4, 2019 Hels

    “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – J.K. Rowling

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  • Looks and Books for Mums

    March 28, 2019 Hels

    This year will be my third Mother’s Day, and I’m looking forward to spending the day with Sam and Dougie…

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  • Let’s Hear It For Audiobooks

    March 21, 2019 Hels

    “When you read a book, the story definitely happens inside your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes.” Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore When I was younger, I always fell asleep listening to audiobooks. Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five, The Demon Headmaster, even a cassette version of Fawlty Towers! I remember being given the cassette tapes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s…

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  • Why I Read

    March 7, 2019 Hels

    Today is World Book Day, a day designed to encourage reading, and my wonderful son has gone to nursery dressed in a Gruffalo outfit. I grew up surrounded my books. Bedtime would involve my parents reading to us and I would always beg for just one more chapter. I would read constantly, using my plate at the table as a page holder, balancing books in the bath. English literature was always my favourite subject, and I went on to study…

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