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Ever so French

13
Apr
2015

My family has always had a thing about France. Describing something as “ever so French” was the height of praise as far as my mother was concerned. She had happy memories of spending summer holidays in Brittany with Michelline, her ...continued

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08
Apr
2015

“Goodnight sweet prince,” muttered my son as our trusty Gaggia coffee maker finally gave up the ghost. He twiddled a few knobs on the machine and the illuminated display declared ...continued

30
Mar
2015

The one thing that puzzles me about literary festivals is the way they stick several very different writers together under a title like Writers’ Roundtable and wait to see where ...continued

27
Mar
2015

I loved Soldiers’ Wives, Fiona Field’s first book about army life, so I was thrilled to get my hands on the second. And I’m pleased to report that Soldiers’ Daughters ...continued

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23
Mar
2015

When I spotted that Kazuo Ishiguro was the star turn at the Oxford Literary Festival’s inaugural event this year I snapped up a couple of tickets in double quick time. ...continued

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