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Friday Favourites: The Bride of Lammermoor

Misha Herwin on Walter Scott.

Misha Herwin

The Bride of Lmmermoor

Sorting through my bookshelves in an attempt to find some room for the piles of books on my office floor, I came across a small, hardback copy of “The Bride of Lammermoor.” In all the years, and they are many, that I have owned this book, it has never been read, so it seemed a good choice for the charity shop. On the other hand, it felt wrong to discard a book, I’d never tried, let alone a writer whose works I’d never sampled.

“The Bride of Lammermoor” is very much a Gothic novel, with a ruined castle, Wolf’s Crag, a terrifying storm, a dashing hero and beautiful heroine. Their love is doomed, the marriage between their rival families cursed and everything ends badly.

The novel is over-written, the Scots dialect both annoying and incomprehensible and yet…There are moments of unexpected insight in the depiction of the relationship between Ravenswood…

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Stokie and Italian food – Barry Lillie

via It’s all about food

Right Signs #authorselectric

20180512_150542 (1)My Authors Electric blog for May is ready to read.

“Last week Peter and I decided to walk to the Bloggers and Authors meetup, as it was a sunny day, and noted an oddity that had not struck either of us before when driving that route. Two roads that we passed had been renamed…”  to read the rest go here

Wake Up and Taste the Coffee

Kenco Millicano wholebean instant coffeeI usually buy Kenco Millicano coffee as I like the flavour. For an instant coffee is really isn’t bad.

Image for Nescafe Azera Americano Barista Style Instant Coffee Tin 100g from Sainsbury'sOn the last two shopping trips, however, the only alternative available in the ‘barista’ style instant coffees was Nescafe Azera.

Now I usually boycott Nestle products as a matter of course on moral grounds (as opposed to coffee grounds) but I thought this was a classic Hobsons choice. I was wrong. Going without would have been the wiser option.

I shall be using the cafetierre until further notice.

 

Bloggers and Authors

Kerry Parsons – Book blogger at Chat About Books  and Steph Lawrence of Stefloz Book Blog organised a meet-up at the North Stafford Hotel in Stoke on Saturday 12th. Several dozen authors and bloggers met up for a chat and exchange of info.  Many thanks to both for their hard work in organising the event!

The next meeting will be in September!

Finalists For the Arnold Bennett Book Prize

Way back in the throws of winter I was urged to enter my crime novel Winter Downs for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize.

I was completely shocked to be told this week that it was amongst the five titles that had been short listed, which are:

The winners to be announced on 9th June, so much nail biting before then!

 

New Kitchen

All but finished now!  Just a few bits and bobs to get sorted and the floor to decide upon.