“While taking part in The Transition you and your partner will spend six months living under the supervision of your mentors…”
“While taking part in The Transition you and your partner will spend six months living under the supervision of your mentors, two successful adults of a slightly older generation. Freed from your financial responsibilities, you will be coached through the key areas of the scheme – employment, nutrition, responsibility, relationship, finances and self-respect – until you are ready to be reintegrated into adult society. At the end of your six months – who knows what discoveries you’ll have made about yourself? The ‘friends’ you no longer need. The talents you’ll have found time to nurture. The business you might have kick-started. Who knows where you’ll be?”
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“Week after week, the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A. With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself. On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man’s odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A’s tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more. Beloved, bestselling author Victoria Hislop’s ‘Cartes Postales from Greece‘ is fiction illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind.”
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The theme of this year’s children’s summer reading challenge is Animal Agents: a mash up of appealing animal characters and detective stories. To make sure us adults aren’t left out, once a week here on the blog over the summer holidays we’re going to be featuring detective mysteries, brilliant books with animals in, and even some intriguing books which manage to combine the two!
We’ll begin with the thoroughly charming The Cat Who series. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards is the first in a wonderful series featuring our reluctant hero Jim Qwilleran. Having inherited more money than he knows what to do with, and finding himself divorced and in his forties, Jim must build a new life for himself. This he does with the help of two charming Siamese cats and a budding friendship with the town librarian. Inevitably, events intervene in the shape of a murder – and Jim’s beloved cats reveal hitherto unexpected detective skills! A really easy read, these books have an appeal all their own – don’t be surprised if you get hooked!
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Summer 1881: the streets of Limehouse are thick with opium… and menace. At eighteen Kitty Peck has inherited Paradise, a sprawling criminal empire on the banks of the Thames. Determined to do things differently to her fearsome grandmother, she now realises that the past casts a long and treacherous shadow. Haunted by a terrible secret and stalked by a criminal cabal intent on humiliation and destruction, Kitty must fight for the future of everyone she cares for…
Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about. He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week . . .
To be honest I didn’t find this book as interesting or exciting as the others. Not sure why as all the usual ingredients are included, bones found, crimes committed, fast action, interaction between Ruth & Harry. Perhaps it’s just me.
It all starts with a rough sleeper in King’s Lynn going missing, has she just moved away or has something happened to her? The word Underground keeps cropping up but what does it mean.
Some of the action is set in the chalk tunnels under Norwich, including the Guildhall. I wouldn’t want to go in them, and Ruth isn’t keen either!
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Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home. So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium. Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come – but can she find her happily ever after?