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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
2:15 pm Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Every Monday, 2.20pm-4.45pm at Theale Library. Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook:[...]
4:00 pm VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and French - Children Workshop! @ Vici Academy | England | United Kingdom
Learn to make French Crêpes (so practise new vocabulary), then we bake (to learn lots of action verbs), then we cook (just like French Chefs!) and of course, WE EAT (and play French shop!). The fun of the kitchen is also[...]

Book Reviews by Hilary Stockwell

Like a lot of girls growing up in the 1960’s my early reading began with the delights of Enid Blyton, Pat Smythe, Malcolm Saville and Mary O’Hara of ‘My Friend Flicker’ fame (I did wonder what would appear when I googled that book title!).  I couldn’t get enough of them and spent hours in DAYLIGHT reading.

For a while in my teens books took a back seat and magazines such as Jackie and Cosmopolitan were the only reading material I laid my hands on other than the odd copy of Reader’s Digest that my parents subscribed to.   Of course there was a scattering of required reading books at school and later at college and maybe it was there that the true appreciation of the deeper delight of books was taught to me.  HG Wells, Iris Murdoch, DH Lawrence even the dreaded Shakespeare – all of these taught me to dig a bit deeper and look beyond.  Result – I read copious Danielle Steele and left all that higher brow stuff behind!

Thirty years on and I am reading as often as I can.  Part of my bedtime ritual and as essential as teeth brushing, my husband and I ‘resume the position’ books in hands, propped up on pillows and transport ourselves to other places – he to a murder scene, me to what I like to think of as slightly more esoteric settings!

Anne Tyler, John Irving, Anita Shreve, Pam Houston, Sarah Hall, Curtis Sittenfeld, David Nichols, Paullina Simons,  just a few of the authors on my ever growing list that I’m discovering and loving.  There is no doubt that I will never get to read enough and possibly not even those books that I continue to add to the unread selection that accumulates at home.

Two books have recently become my bedtime reading – one at a time as I’m not very good at juggling.  The first was Sebastian Faulks – an author that everybody else seems to have experienced and loved judging by his popularity – On Green Dolphin Street a story that begins in 1959 in America  as the Eisenhower years are ending and through the time of the election between Nixon and Kennedy.  The story is told from the point of view of a wife of a British Ambassador in Washington.  Mary, an only child, removed from parents back in London,  who is both raising a family and dealing with the demons experienced by her husband following his time in Vietnam as well as supporting him in his working role.  Her life takes a twist, naturally, along the way which challenges her feelings of loyalty, filial duty and need for self fulfilment.    The author has created a story with great characterization showing empathy to each of the characters involved.   It was a book that will lead me to read more Sebastian Faulks without a doubt.

On a slightly different note I FAILED to complete One Hundred Years of Solitude, a book that won the 1982 Nobel Prize for literature.  There is no doubt that it is an amazing story of realism and fantasty.  It tells the story of an eccentric family who travel for months, enduring incredible hardship, in the quest  to create a settlement in an untouched and remote area of South America.  It follows the expanding family and the evolution and expansion of the settlement until, the dream takes a turn for the worst.  Written by Garcia Marquez, a man with an imagination that literally knows no bounds, it is intriguing and at times both funny and horrifying.  However, it was, for me, more demanding than I wished for and, like an over-rich meal, I made  the choice to leave the rest.  However, despite that, I can recommend it as worth a try.  ‘Dazzling’ was the New York Times Review.  The Guardian reported ‘As an experience it is enormously, kaleidoscopically, mysteriously alive’.

Hilary

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One Response

  1. Interesting. I could (and sometimes do) debate the merits of writers for hours at a time. DH Lawrence I’ve always found unreadable. Marquez I’ve never dared try but I’ve always found that magical realism, like science fiction, places too many demands on us to keep up with the author’s sometimes capricious and sometimes self-indulgent imagination. Iris Murdoch’s books are odd and often claustrophobic (The Bell and The Unicorn particularly). Sebastian Faulks I don’t like one little bit, I’m afraid. Apart from John Irving, I don’t know the authors in your para 4. I’d add Nigel Balchin and Muriel Spark. I’m reading ‘The Ghost’ by Robert Harris at the moment which I think is excellent and which reminds me of Ian McEwan. In the photo you are reading one of the best-written books ever in my opinion (the best two being Brideshead Revisited and The Great Gatsby – but then I have a strong taste for nostalgia, grand settings and doomed love). Others may disagree…

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