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The humble edition that inspired Call the Midwife

Back in 2002, a small publisher in Twickenham called Merton Books published a memoir by a nurse called Jennifer Worth.  This unassuming paperback, with its black and white cover, doesn’t look much but it launched the Call the Midwife phenomenon. The book described Worth’s experiences as a midwife in east London in the 1950s as […]

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An Avid Reader’s 2017 Reading List (so far)

At the start of 2016, I set out to kick my Netflix habit and pick up a book. A novel concept for someone in my line of work (pun intended). 2016 was a success (read about it here) and I vowed to continue my good habits in 2017. By sharing the books I read with […]

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Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: April 2017

Merciful Zeus, the books editors at Amazon are determined to ensure my TBR pile never gets small enough to stop being a toppling hazard. They always choose such fascinating books to feature, so that by the time I finish reading about the 10, there are generally at least five on my shopping list. This month […]

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Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: March 2017

If you’re looking for your next favorite page-turner, look no further than this fantastic list of books, recommended by the Amazon Book editors as the best book bets for the month. Warning: your TBR (To Be Read) pile may teeter dangerously high after reading the synopses to follow. This is a particularly intriguing month. * […]

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Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: February 2017

So many books, so little time! Our friends at Amazon have released yet another exciting list of their top 10 book picks for the month. Are you a fan of the 80s? A mythology buff? Which of these titles will find its way to your TBR pile? The top spotlight pick of the month is […]

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AbeBooks’ Literary Review of 2016

We know, we know – the less said about the year 2016 the better. While we too held our collective breath and cringed painfully through much of the year, it is worth noting that whether for better or (much, much) worse, the most remarkable years in history stay with us and go on to be […]

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My Year of Reading Women

In 2014 writer Joanna Walsh launched a project called The Year of Reading Women. The movement was largely about raising awareness in the book industry and encouraged publishers, distributors, and promoters to pull women writers into the spotlight so readers like you and I could better discover them. Looking back on my 2016 reading list, […]

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Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: December 2016

There’s really nothing as cozy as curling up with a good book and a mug of something warm when the weather is lashing against the windows outside. But what to read? Not to worry – the talented curators at Amazon books have furnished us with their Top 10 Books of the Month (and just in […]

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The Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016, According to The New York Times

It’s a tradition that goes back more than 65 years – the annual selection of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Full of color and whimsy, these 10 illustrated books will surely please budding readers. (I think The Polar Bear might be my favorite…) The Cat From Hunger Mountain written and illustrated by […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Books for October 2016

So many good books to choose from this month. Time to get reading! The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back […]

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