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About Minxminnie

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  • Birthday 11/12/1965


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    West of Scotland
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    travel, photography, reading (doh!), cinema, lying in on a Saturday.

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  1. Retroland - A Humorous Look at 1970s & 1980s Britain

    *stick* around ...
  2. Retroland - A Humorous Look at 1970s & 1980s Britain

    Hi Mark, Well done on your book and thanks for joining BGO. We hope you'll still around and join in on other threads!
  3. John Boyne takes the subject of child abuse in the Irish Catholic Church in this book and he does it so well. He focuses on the culture in the church which allowed everyone to turn a blind eye to abuse happening, rather than writing about the abuse itself. His central character is a priest who is a good guy. He is horrified by the unfolding crisis. The story goes back and forward in time, very effectively, covering Odran Yates's childhood, adolescence, early priesthood and his career. Although he seems to be content as a priest, that has been his good luck; it is clear how many men of his generation, including him (those joining the church in the 1960s) were subject to a degree of pressure in "discovering" their vocation, and the damage that did when the vocation was to a life of celibacy combined with a position of isolated power. As the story emerges, he realises the opportunities he could have taken to see what was going on, but also the degree of institutional corruption and misogyny that meant that people weren't heard when they did speak up. He also shows, through the eyes of this one priest, how opportunities were lost to modernise and open up. It felt like John Boyne was meant to write this book. There's a quiet dignity in this where there could have been drama. It's very readable, very involving. (If a thread exists on this, I can't find it, but that happens to me a lot!)
  4. And The Land Lay Still

    Oh you should MrHG. It is epic and engrossing. I wanted it to be longer.
  5. And The Land Lay Still

    Can't believe I didn't post on finishing this book. It is one of my best loved books and the one I have most often given as a present.
  6. The Accident on the A35

    I read this too, Luna. I really liked it - there's something slightly sarcastic and sly about the narrative style which I like.
  7. Great Britain's First World War

    Hi there, Thanks for being honest about your connection to the book - many aren't! It sounds like an interesting book and one that has come from many years of dedicated study. I have moved your post to Writers' Corner and left a link in the previous location. I also deleted your Amazon link as we like to ask members to buy via our own Amazon link in order to support the financial running of the site.
  8. I hate this!

    I hate that too, Apple! I want an idea of what it might be about, not lots of quotes telling me it's the new Gone Girl on a Train Is Completely Fine.
  9. Narrator or First Person?

    BP, that book sounds good. Off to buy it or put it on wishlist! I think first person narration is hard to pull off and often done poorly, especially the voice of a child or teenager which often makes them sound too young. And, as hux says, it's often just a vehicle for getting us to empathise without really getting under the skin of the narrator. But it's hard to pull off too much honesty, too. Free indirect style is more successful, I think.
  10. what is everyone doing?

    I managed out today: the roads are clear, apart from side roads, and everything seems to be running fine. The weather wasn't half as unpleasant as it looked or sounded. However, bread and milk are in short supply in the supermarket. I baked some savoury scones, but I couldn't find a local cow to milk. Thankfully the corner shop had some!
  11. what is everyone doing?

    We had more snow in 2010: I had my cat back then, and I had been getting my kitchen redone so I had no catflap for a bit. She was mightily unimpressed that she had to jump out of the window into three feet of snow, though she did want to go out! The best thing must be to be a dog. My friend sent me a video of his spaniel puppy in the snow - she looked sooo happy.
  12. Currently Reading

    In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott. It's a memoir of her and her father's lives as members of the Exclusive Brethren. It interests me because there is a small community of this very closed sect/cult in the village where my German friends live. There, they are colloquially known as "Engländer", "the English", so everyone thinks, coming from the UK, I will know all about them. So far, the book is very good. It seems that in the 1960s, the group really changed and began to exercise coercive control in a way it never had before. The book is also very lyrical, though - really well written.
  13. what is everyone doing?

    It's pretty grim here - snow and high winds. I'm still in bed, nice and cosy - school is closed. I was impressed by our new transport minister. His advice has been clear and direct. They used to just say "only travel if necessary", leaving you to decide what's necessary and to imagine what might happen if you do. He has changed that, and is appearing on TV saying, if you do travel, you will get stuck, emergency services won't reach you etc. It does make people think twice - and will hopefully stop employers telling people they have to go in. He has taken more of a personal interest than politicians have in the past: he was saying that he would be talking to particular haulage companies etc, and it sounded as if he would be personally lifting the phone. And the poor soul looks rough. Someone tweeted, Humza, mate, get some sleep.
  14. what is everyone doing?

    Meg, there has been an increase in break-ins here too. I wonder what is going on.
  15. I hate this!

    It is very annoying. The only good thing about it is that it helps me know not to bother reading it.