The best game in the world: truth-telling edition

I am supposed to be working today. But then, you know, baby colds are no respecter of persons, or work days. Since Henry has given up sleep in favour of dribbling and crossness, I have embraced not showering and The Count of Monte Cristo. Sometimes you have to cut your losses. So let's talk about … Continue reading The best game in the world: truth-telling edition

The best game in the world: birthday edition

Did I mention I have a little money? Welcome, friends, to the Birthday Edition of What I Got From The Book Shop and Why. Pause for fanfare. *fanfare* Right, onwards. You may think it looks like I went overboard this time, but honestly, I didn't. I was clothes shopping, and went in there to get … Continue reading The best game in the world: birthday edition

Something of a Lost Cause, I’m Afraid

I love history that’s so well-told it leads you on to hope for a different ending. Alison Weir is one of my favourite authors, because she’s a master at refashioning dry, historical fact into fallible, fascinating human activity. For history to matter it needs to live all over again in front of you. Reading Weir’s … Continue reading Something of a Lost Cause, I’m Afraid