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Life: Kitchen Tables

Heart of the home or hub in a restaurant. A quiet moment from London’s Le Pain Quotidien, Borough Market.


A soft spot for this brand – they offer almond milk.

FIlm – The Secret Life of Pets

Cats or Dogs?



I swore I’d never, ever watch another children’s animated film. I’ve seen so many. This is worth seeing beautiful, vivid animation and strong narrative. Loved Kevin Hart’s psychotic rabbit. Very funny and kept the whole family engrossed.


Review – Sweet Caress by William Boyd

Is the central character based on Lee Miller?


Amory Clay – She did it her way

Combining fiction and uncredited photos to reflect the narrative is a smart, fun route making a believable photo-journalist who was at many defining events through the 20th century.

Amory Clay recounts her life through a series of journals linked to her later life in the Scottish highlands. From society portraiture, Berlin pre-war and Vietnam she was on the periphery of so many global defining events until you remind yourself she is a fictional character.

This is a clever, well-written book and like all the best authors Boyd makes it look so easy.

A mesmerising read.

Sweet Caress by William Boyd published by Bloomsbury.

Available in hardback and paperback from all leading bookshops and online.


Travel – Agia Pelagia, Crete

Just returned from a week in the quieter part of beautiful Crete. Azure water and sparkling sunshine. Perfect weather every day.  A realistic alternative to Turkey re: beautiful coastline and fresh, healthy food.
Agia Pellagia is a quiet Cretan village with several local restaurants overlooking the beach image image image image image

Books – The Girl on the Train

What is all the fuss about? Paula Hawkin’s first novel is mesmerising and acutely accomplished. I started reading this out of desperation after several disappointing ‘first’ novels. I needed a comfort blanket or something that was so well written it would reinstall faith in the power of literature and creation of credible complex characters like Rachel. It did. I discovered a heroine that most could relate to and like life lots of surprises on the way.

The Girl on the Train is the best first novel I've read so far this year