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March 2016

In Grief and Hope: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

The surgeon Dr Atul Gawande is one of our best medical writers alive today, and he is always looking for ways to share his experience in ways which inform both healthcare and other industries. For example, The Checklist Manifesto and Better both look for ways to instil a culture of high performance, sharing lessons from healthcare, aviation and civil engineering, while Complications explores how and why doctors make errors. Continue reading “In Grief and Hope: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande”

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In Grief and Hope: Surprised by Hope by N. T. Wright

Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting? …But thank God who gives us the victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord” 1 Cor 15:55

This is the passage which I chose to read for my dad’s funeral, because it explains in a few words why Easter matters so much to me. I mean, when you face losing someone important to you, you need a pretty clear vision of what is worth dying for, and I suspect I’m not the only one who doesn’t find the idea of sitting on a cloud plucking a harp for eternity or heaven as an endless worship service particularly compelling. Continue reading “In Grief and Hope: Surprised by Hope by N. T. Wright”

In Grief and Hope: God On Mute by Pete Greig

What do you do when God is silent? This book is dedicated to people who are hurting and secretly wondering “Where is God? Why’s this happening to me? And how come my prayers aren’t working?” Continue reading “In Grief and Hope: God On Mute by Pete Greig”

In Grief and Hope: A Journey in Books

When we are grieving, when we have seen our hopes for healing or restoration dashed, where can we turn? This question has been in my mind for a long time, as my dad was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago and it slowly took his mobility and then his life. Since November, my family have lost both our grandmas and our dad, and my friends have lost Michael Etheridge, a kind and loving minister who was a student with us and suddenly had a heart attack while driving. Four funerals and a wedding (my sister recently announced her engagement) makes for a turbulent few months. Continue reading “In Grief and Hope: A Journey in Books”

Library Loot: March 23 to 29th

Following my previous post about loving your local library, it seems appropriate to join my voice to Library Loot, a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

After two weeks of reading short stories and murder mysteries, and anticipating my forthcoming four day weekend* I went to the library and brought home the following treasures.  Continue reading “Library Loot: March 23 to 29th”

Places to Read: Love Your Library

The most obvious place to read is where the books are: your local library. For most of us, this was where we started on our book loving journey, because it’s fair to say that libraries are the UK’s most accessible ways into culture. There’s no entrance fee (so long as you remember to return your books on time), there’s one in every medium to large size community (and alternative provision in rural areas,though not very useful if you’re at work all day), and alongside the books, films and music, there’s always something on. Continue reading “Places to Read: Love Your Library”

Edith Pargeter’s Greatest Hits

Strangely enough, the historical romances of Edith Pargeter are not as easy to find as her crime-writing alter ego Ellis Peters, but in my view, that makes the finding of them all the more satisfying (after all, who knows what other treasures you may find in bookshops?) However, after years of searching, I believe I have read pretty much all of them, and here’s my top recommendations: Continue reading “Edith Pargeter’s Greatest Hits”

Murder Mystery: An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters

I got into Ellis Peters at an early age, because her books are the literary equivalent of the York Railway Game, for which the rules are: when attending any social gathering in York, score one point for each person you can find who works for (or retired from) the rail industry (excluding myself because that would be cheating). Whether it’s a village panto or an International Women’s Day event at the library, in four years I’ve never had a score of zero!  Continue reading “Murder Mystery: An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters”

Murder Mystery: The Sting of Justice by Cora Harrison

Imagine a wind-swept stony place on the edge of the sea, where ancient Irish law holds sway in the face of English empire-building. Cora Harrison’s series of Burren mysteries is set in a law school during the sixteenth century on the limestone plateau called the Burren on the west coast of Ireland. I’ve never been there, but I imagine something like Malham Cove but by the sea. On the basis of Cora’s beautiful descriptions, this is definitely somewhere I’d like to go on holiday… Continue reading “Murder Mystery: The Sting of Justice by Cora Harrison”

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