Once Upon a River (by Diane Setterfield)

Introduction: A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs. Is it a miracle? Lovely atmospheric story dripping in […]

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The Last of the Stanfields (by Marc Levy)

This is a fabulous read! Marc Levy is the most read contemporary French author in the world and I can see why. Story outline: “When London journalist Eleanor-Rigby Donovan receives an anonymous letter alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother, her life is turned upside down. It points her to a bar on […]

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Anatomy of a Scandal (by Sarah Vaughan

This book came with many recommendations and headlines: “Full of Twists and Turns”“Sensational”“Engrossing pysch-thriller-cum-courtroom-drama” It was also recommended by the Richard and Judy book club. So with all this hype, I was looking to a good read! But how disappointing. The story-line is fine: Hi-jinks by the PM and best friend, James at University lead […]

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You never Stop Learning – free uni Courses

Do you ever stop learning? Life is a learning flavoured experience! In retirement, we are constantly advised to use your brain, and stop the cells from dying. “Learn a foreign language” “Learn to play an instrument” and your health will benefit. You can learn new skills on Youtube (such as many DIY skills), and the […]

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Forget my Name (by J.S. Monroe)

The premise of this book is intriguing, and the first few chapters draw you in but then …. the plot becomes rather disappointingly improbable. Shame as the idea of a visitor turning up your house with knowledge of your house, but is suffering from amnesia and does not know who she is, sounds like an […]

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Psychology of Spending in Retirement

How do you move from saver to spender in retirement? Some tips and pychology.

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Computer Help for People Over 50

Many in the Silver Surfer age range missed out on training for the Computer Age. Here are some help and useful resources.

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The Good Liar (by Nicholas Searle)

There is nothing like a good con story. You might even feel on the conman’s side if the con is clever and intricate. However, what happens when two domestic partners might be conning each other?

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Origin (by Dan Brown)

[star rating="5" max="5"] Origin by Dan Brown is a super read. He is a Master of the Genre. Intrigue, technology, monarchy and religious factions all contribute to yet another page turner!

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A Treachery of Spies (by Manda Scott)

[star rating="4" max="5"] This novel has tremendous potential. The premise is indeed interesting; there are two threads: one set in the last months of World War II in the Jura area, and the other in 2018 following murders in Orleans and investigated by Captain Picaut. But I have reservations …

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