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Waterstones bestsellers

My three personal picks:

The Word Is Murder – Horowitz

The Sparsholt Affair – Hollinghurst

Why We Sleep – Walker


or How To Put Off Going Into Work

Just to keep your all up to scratch with the thrills of my life, I have gainful employment after the show I am on closes this weekend, on a short run of a psychological thriller by Anthony Horowitz.  So temporarily I have no unemployment and a little more money coming in than I expected.

There’s another play booked after that but as yet my potential position on it is unknown.



I Need A New Job

Suddenly I find I am going to be needing work from 15 May.  That was rather unexpected.


At present I am doing at least 63 jobs to keep the wolves from the door.  One of these is helping out a Garden Historian friend who has a business called HaHaHopscotch, which helps bring the past alive for children through the re-creation of past childhood games.  Last weekend we participated in the St George’s Festival in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens organised by the Vauxhall Trust.

Children were gathered together and had various races and games: (wooden) egg and spoon, three – legged race, tug of war, sack race, wheelbarrow race, hoop and stick , battlecock and shuttledore and others.  The children were all great – enthusiastic and well behaved and came in a variety of ages and heights.  Although discipline is a bit harder when you don’t know their names, children do seem to get along really well when they don’t know each other, and older ones are very kind and caring with younger ones.  As can be seen from the photo, this Mum who grew up in Burundi was a whizz with a hoop and stick.   A fine time was had by all.

Details can be found here:  HAHAHOPSCOTCH

Waterstones Books of the Month

Books For April

My own recommendations:

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine


When Breath Becomes Air

Ashes of London


I Need A Job (Again)

I really need a job from March 26th.  I’m clean and tidy, can use a knife and fork and tie my own shoelaces.

All  offers and suggestions gratefully received.

Anything involving writing and/or the theatre would make me too happy for words.



If I see Keep Calm and Carry On anywhere today…….be warned.

Waterstones Sale

Can recommend Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

Waterstones Sale – click here




I’ve been a bit lax on my book reviews this year but I can recommend:

The Lost Words – Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris

The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollinghurst

The Dark Circle – Linda Grant

In the Name Of The Family (Borgias Part 2) – Sarah Dunant

The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

Balancing Acts – Nicholas Hytner

Golden Hill – Francis Spufford

Lie With Me – Sabine Durrant

The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley

How To Be Champion – Sarah Millican

Black Friday (sigh!)

Click here  for Waterstones Black Friday

(I don’t even know what Black Friday is. Don’t want to, either)

My recommendations:

Half Price Offer – The Essex Serpent

Beautiful books for Under £10 – The Underground Railroad (my review in due course – a must read)

– The Power (on my to-read list)