• 2016,  Uncategorized

    Downloading

    If I could download my brain there would be a new blog entry here tonight. But I can’t and I don’t think writing can do my thoughts justice tonight.  Because one of the problems with blogging is sometimes I write things and I end up feeling like people have read a different blog entry to the one I’ve written.  And then I don’t know if I’ve not managed to make the point I wanted to or I have but people have missed it. A lot of the time that’s interesting because it makes me think about things from a different perspective or see things differently. Sometimes however it’s irritating. Sometimes…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Florence Grace by Tracy Rees

    I received a copy of Florence Grace by Tracy Rees to review as a part of Quercus Summer. Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It’s a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is fifteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie’s life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And…

  • 2016,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized

    Wheeling on Broken Glass

    I have solid tyres on my wheelchairs. It’s one of the key things I insist on in a wheelchair. I’ve not had a chair with air tyres since my first year at uni and I’ve never had a powerchair with air tyres.  I know a lot of people aren’t keen on solids and find them uncomfortable but I’ve never noticed any difference between comfort of air or solid tyres. Mentally however it’s huge.  I feel safe with solid tyres and it’s not something I have to worry about. I remember the last time I got a puncture in a wheelchair really clearly.  I was at uni (in my first year)…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Geek Girl: Sunny Side Up by Holly Smale

    I’ve now reviewed so many of the Geek Girl series of books by Holly Smale that I should probably set up a “geek girl” category on my blog.  What can I say? I love them. “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.” A brand new summer story from the no. 1 bestselling and award-winning GEEK GIRL series! Harriet Manners knows many facts. And she knows everything there is to know about Paris… except what to do when you’re the hottest new model at Fashion Week. Can Harriet find her je ne sais quoi or will it be sacré bleu! on the runway? Find out in this hilarious…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Can You Read Without Prejudice?

    A few weeks ago on twitter I started hearing about a concept called Read Without Prejudice.  This is a book being made available to bloggers (and publishing 1st October). It doesn’t have a title and the author is given as anonymous. It doesn’t have a cover and it has a two line synopsis: There are two points in life when we are all equal: at the moment of birth and at the moment of death. It is how we live in between that defines us. As the publisher put it “We want you to immerse yourself in this dazzling novel, free from any preconceptions that a cover, title or author…