The English winter – ending in July, To recommence in August, Lord Byron

We’re more than halfway through August. I’m looking out onto a winter-white sky. Rain washes…

My first visit to Paris

An English friend who lives in Brittany met me off the train at the Gare…

Thomas Hardy Feeding Birds in Winter

In 1910 Punch magazine declared that feeding birds was a national pastime in the United…

Dame Agatha’s Choice of Poison

Two very different Agatha Christie mysteries have in common the guilty party’s choice of digitalis…

Death of an Avid Reader

The sixth Kate Shackleton novel, Death of an Avid Reader, was published on 2 October….

Walks, Books and September Sunshine

Once in a great while comes a perfect holiday. Earlier this month, I spent one…

Death of an Avid Reader – Book Launch at the Leeds Library

The launch of Death of an Avid Reader will be on Saturday, 4 October at…