Archive for April, 2011

Two for Sorrow (Josephine Tey, #3)

Two for Sorrow (Josephine Tey, #3) by Nicola Upson

In books read on April 17, 2011

I really enjoyed this, the third book in a series featuring a semi-fictional incarnation of Josephine Tey. I had some reservations about the way the mystery played out - but on the whole thought it was pretty good. Definitely one of my must-read series now.

This was a paperback.

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Morning Cuppa

Flickr Pics 17th April 2011

on April 17, 2011 by kirsty

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There Are No Ghosts In The Soviet Union

There Are No Ghosts In The Soviet Union by Reginald Hill

In books read on April 10, 2011

I'm a fan of Reginald Hill's, but this collection of stories, first published in 1987, didn't really work for me at all. I think I was probably just in the wrong mood for them. I'll concede that they're all very clever, possibly too clever, usually I like that, but here it just seemed to miss the mark with me all the time.

This was a paperback.

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Block TwelveLayer Cake Quilt Along Blocks

Flickr Pics 7th April 2011

on April 7, 2011 by kirsty

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Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story Of The First Women To Fight For An Education

Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story Of The First Women To Fight For An Education by Jane Robinson

In books read on April 2, 2011

I should read more history books - finding ones I like is the problem. This book is all about the experiences of the first women to attend English universities starting in the 1830s or so and running more or less up to the time that degrees were being granted to women by pretty much all universities, Cambridge being one of the last to permit that in 1948. As someone who grew up expecting to go to university and expecting that all opportunities would be open to me it was a bit of an eye opener. Even the author mentions that she was expected to go into a teaching career as a woman armed with a 1970s degree, something that was off the radar by the time I was getting my 1990s degree. I'm very glad that these women paved the way for me!

It's a fascinating read full of strong characters (not always the "undergraduettes" themselves) and happy endings but also the stories of those for whom things went wrong, who weren't in the right places, those who got educations they didn't want and those who didn't get the educations they wanted. I loved reading it and have a new perspective on things as a result. It's one of those things that you're aware of but hearing some more of the story is welcome.

This was a paperback.


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