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  • Birthday 14/06/1984


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    : Ireland
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    books, cycling and music
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    Nobber - oisin fagan

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  1. Love this. We are still working away but it is a little bit disconcerting. Our front door is locked. Hope everyone is OK.
  2. My stocking up in case of self isolation The discomfort of evening - marieke lucas rijneveld Tyll - Daniel kehlmann Aepirogon - colum mccann Winter in sokcho - Eliza shua dusapin The long petal of the sea - isabel allende
  3. Could I claim it as a medical expense on my tax return?
  4. Phew, I find this quite a relief as I read it at the start of this year and thought it was OK, but certainly not fantastic it started good but just had difficulty with the novel to hold my attention
  5. Cheers, mrHg, going to steer clear of it
  6. overall i read 51 books in 2019 thugh 29 were in the first 6 months and 22 were in the second. Mostly shorter novels. average page length was 249 pages. the longest by my reckoning was my year of meats by ruth ozeki, which was 430 pages which isn't long. Favourite book - convenience store woman by sayaka murata favourite film - in the cinema, i saw four stand outs Booksmart, Thunder Road, Marriage story and last black Man in San Francisco. Each of the 4 brought something different. Booksmart was very funny, last Black man was very thoughtful introspective and marraige story and thunder road both funny but more dramas tV - Channel 4 did a great job with their sitcom series Home. Funny but thoughtful. My drama highlight has to be POSE. Also got into the Good place Music Event - Bjork cornucopia tour, second was Lana Del Rey live in June Music album - love + fear by marina, winter sun by elva, boat by pip blom, and Jade bird's album.
  7. 2020 list January 1. The Outlaw Album - daniel woodrell currently rereading 2. Normal People - Sally Rooney currently reading 3. Adele - leila Slimani other lists films TV series gigs
  8. Christmas Accomdations - wioletta greg Disoriental - negar djavadi Where reasons end - yiyun li Picnic in the storm - yukiko motoya The eighth life (for brilka) - nino haratischvili The taiga syndrome - Cristina Rivera garza The at last of unusual borders Boulevard wren and other stories - blind boy boatclub My mother also got me a vacuum cleaner. She suggested I open it there and then, and play with it on Christmas day I also got in the post Snow, Dog, Foot by claudio morandini
  9. Nobber by oisin fagan Nobber is a lawless unruly place. Not much has changed in the 670 years between when this is set and nowadays In this novel, the plague has struck Ireland and noblemen are buying up land all over Ireland at a fraction of what it was worth a few years before. Meanwhile a marauding band of gaels are also causing havoc throughiut the lands. Both groups reach the near deserted Co. Meath Town of nobber where the plague has enforced a curfew, only 3 or 4 inhabitants see the sunlight hours including the very strange nudist blacksmith. Overall it did take me a little bit to get into this novel but oisin fagan has done a very good job in crafting the novel and I thought this was a very good novel. * * * * An aside on lawlessness in modern nobber
  10. The Paper wasp by Lauren acampora I read this sometime, maybe September but this was a novel I got engrossed in at the time. The novel is told from the point of view of abby, an intelligent but unambitious woman. She had dropped out of college, living with her parents, and working in a shop. At school reunion, she meets her best friend from school, Elise, now a famous actress in La. Elise had half heartedly said that if abby got yo La, they could hang out. Abby then uses her parents credit card to book a flight to La, turning up on Elise doorstep (don't make empty promises) The novel reads as Abby is directing it to Elise, with use of "You" a lot. Overall this was an engrossing read, I was reading at lunchtime, bringing it to my home to read and just I wanted to find out how the tale unfolds. * * * * *
  11. To leave with the Reindeer by Olivia rosenthal The Reindeer to leave with are aptly Santa's 😄
  12. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Roy and Celestial are newlyweds after meeting in college. However, their relationship is thrown into turmoil when Roy is wrongly arrested for rape. (him and Celestial were in an argument when it had happened.) while away, Celestial begins relationship with her childhood friend, Andre (sometimes referred to as Dre, which just made me think of Dr Dre :)) Roy gets released after 5 years of the 12 year sentence thanks to hard work and determination celestial's lawyer uncle to have the conviction quashed and released just before Christmas. For me, what propels the story is the section where they are writing to each other while Roy is serving someone else's time. Tayari Jones uses this technique as a great way to tell the story of the characters. The move moves swiftly on at this and was such an absorbing read, I really lovedThe only thing that slightly annoyed me is what seemed to me is an overuse of similes. But the novel is told from the three perspectives of Dre, Roy, and Celestial. So maybe this only occurs in one person's narrative so it would be an idiom of the speaker. Told with wit and a lot of heart, Jones made a novel that really made me care about all the characters. It was a read I loved and a very deservant winner of the women's prize * * * * *
  13. MI have been very quiet of late. I moved in August to my own place and had a real big issue with it, there was no place for books Now I have too much book shelves. I need to buy more books :d Although space in the backroom (first photo) gives slot of ways to work with it. My cycling books are on one shelf, other non-fiction on another, then the 6 other shelves with books are organised. One book I read in August or September or July was the polyglot lovers by lina wolff. When resorting books, I thought a character had very good idea for books. A secret shelf behind his shelves for his Michel houellebecq collection.
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