I’m what would happen if an ancient Greek Philosopher and a 1950’s pageant queen had a baby.

 

Reading is my thing.

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Why having 5 sisters is the best and worst thing that ever happened to me.

When I was younger I would avoid the question “how many siblings do you have?” like the plague. I hated the mixture of disbelief followed by amusement that would flit across people’s faces whenever I told them I had “five older sisters”.  I came to realise very quickly that people really lacked imagination because the comments were ALWAYS exactly the same….”Your poor father!” “I can just imagine the arguments in that household…!” “Do you all wear the same shoe/clothes size?” and sometimes they were a little bit more offensive…“Didn’t your parents have a television?” or the most recent one ” Six children???That is SO bad for the environment!!!”

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Russia’s Year Zero: The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917

In the space of just nine months in 1917 Russia underwent two revolutions, changing the country’s destiny forever. In February the Russian monarchy collapsed.
In October, squeezing out the moderate forces, the Bolsheviks seized power, leading to a bloody civil war. Subsequently, the Soviet government steered the country for 70 years.

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The Liberation – Kate Furnivall

1945 post war Italy. Furnivall transports us to the Southern city of Naples to follow the riveting story of Caterina Lombardi and the course of events which turned her life upside down. Historical fiction at its best, this book is a fine insight into the devastation and destruction felt by the Italians at the end of the second world war.

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The Betrayal – Kate Furnivall

Set in 1938 Paris, France. The story of Romaine and Florence DuChamps – twin sisters whose lives are thrust into turmoil after a shocking series of events that unfolded in their fathers study eight years earlier. Who killed him? And why? Continue reading The Betrayal – Kate Furnivall

Why the Amalfi Coast is the most substantial holiday you will ever have.

South of the chaotic and fascinating town of Naples, the vertiginous Amalfi Coast is memorable for its amazing views, culinary delights and ancient history. With three island outposts; Capri, Ischia and Procida reachable through a simple boat ride, the Amalfi Coast has been a holiday destination since the Roman times.

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Recipe for Life – Nicky Pellegrino

Although I have to appreciate that this novel was one of Pellegrino’s older works, I must admit I was extremely disappointed. Having read two other novels for Pellegrino. Food of Love Cookery School and Under Italian Skies  I can say that I have had a very similar gripe with both of them too.

The characters always lack depth and personality because she crams too many people into the story. I can understand that they were all imperative to the progress of the story, but nevertheless she could do much more justice to the novel by focusing on a few central characters. I say this particularly because Pellegrino has a knack for descriptions. I really feel she could do a lot more to connect the reader with the characters using her beautiful descriptive writing power if she focused on a few rather than many.

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The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: The Harrowing lies which cost the lives of hundreds.

In the early hours of April 26 1986, at a nuclear facility in Chernobyl, Ukraine, reactor number 4 exploded heaving ridiculous amounts of uranium, cesium, plutonium and tons of radioactive poisons over five kilometres into the atmosphere.  

In the weeks following the disaster, numerous journalists attempted to gain access into the area in order to provide an insight into the extent of the disaster and just how devastating it really was. Soviet powers in Moscow however, had a different agenda for the area. “Everything is fine” they would proclaim, immediately adopting a “nothing-to-see-here” attitude and attempting to downplay a nuclear disaster which is said to have released 400 times more radioactive material into the atmosphere than “Little Boy” the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

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