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Christmas traditions and compromise

19
Dec
2019

The Christmas dinner, lovingly prepared by my mother-in-law, looked delicious – turkey, sprouts, parsnips, chestnut stuffing and roast potatoes. There was just one thing puzzling me. What the hell was that soggy beige sauce on the side of my plate? ...continued

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07
Sep
2019

A new novel by Tracy Chevalier is always a treat. I’ve loved her books since her first, A Virgin Blue, was published way back in 1997 and in the intervening ...continued

20
Jul
2019

I’ve been a fan of Deborah Moggach for years – ever since her first novel, You Must be Sisters, was published in 1978. I even interviewed her once, when the ...continued

19
May
2019

When it comes to writing thrillers with dizzying plot twists Jeffery Deaver is second to none. He’s written more than 30 page-turning thrillers, sold more than 50 million books around ...continued

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17
May
2019

It was the sort of mistake we all dread making. A diner at a Manchester restaurant was so impressed by the delicious bottle of red that he immediately ordered the ...continued

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