Dangerous Water’s by Anne Allen

After, reading Guernsey Potato Peel and Literary Society, I wanted to read more about the Nazi occupation of Guernsey. I thought this book, would satisfy this as from blurb, I thought there would be narratives from time of occupation, but there was not.

There was some letters from the occupation. Around 200 pages in, a secret from 2nd world war was revealed, but this was a relatively minor part of the plot.

It is a relatively slow book. It probably did not need so much detail in places.

Really is so much detail needed about boiling a kettle and a builder’s quote?

I probably would have been less disappointed by the book if I had not been expecting it’s focus to be about Nazi occupation. It was pleasant enough, got more into as neared end.

Not desperate to read more of series but… if saw one in a charity shop, would consider.

Three Www Wednesday Reading

What I have just finished

Custard Hearts by Dorothy Parker. Quick read, contains 3 short stories.

What I’m reading

Technically in the middle of Scot Fitzgerald Tender is the Night. But, I do not think, I will be finishing. I was reading it for book club, but realised I can not make the book club. I’m reading it not taking it in, so if not going to the book club; what is the point?

What I want to read

I want to finish Tony Blair the Journey

Guernsey Potato Pie Film Brief Review (No spoilers)

Films often spoil the books, but not in this case. The book and film are good companions. The film brings the book to life. You could read book first or see film first or read book around watching film. Or …. not read the book and just watch the film. It would be a good film standalone. It is about an interesting part of history; occupation of Guernsey Off the English coast by Nazis.

Is the Guernsey Potato pie society, a love 💕 letter to letters in the post and books? Contains SPOILERS

The narrative of the book is almost all in the format of letters. Many of the letters express a love of books by different characters, a couple of notable quotes are as follows:

P9 “Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books, that brings them to their perfect readers.”

P9 “Always finding the one book I wanted and then three more I hadn’t known I wanted.”

The central character Juliet, is introduced to The Guernsey group because, Dawsey finds her address in a book that Juliet once owned. Dawsey, writes to share appreciation of the book and ask if Juliet, can point him in the direction of a book shop that could send him more books by the same author to the island. Indeed Juliet does contact a book seller for him. Correspondence begins between Dawsey and Juliet. Juliet a writer becomes intrigued about the Guernsey group and in part one receives correspondence from different members, who express their love of books.

Juliet judges men by their appreciation of books. On p24 it outlines how when a lover was going to move into his house, he was given his marching orders when he packed away her books from her shelves. Later she hopes a particular love interest does not order his books alphabetically.

In part 2 Juliet visits Guernsey. From Guernsey she corresponds with her friend and publisher; Sidney.

In the tradition of fairy tales which are childhood love stories; the book ends a wedding invitation in a letter.

The film of the book is out in the UK, one week today on 20th April.

Wednesday What I have just read, what I’m reading, What I want to read

What I have just read

Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society

Is the Guernsey Potato pie society, a love 💕 letter to letters in the post and books? Contains SPOILERS

The Guernsey Literary and Potato pie society


What I’m reading

Tender is the night for May book club.

What I want to read

Alongside Tender is the night, I would like to read the Penguin modern by Dorothy Parker; Custard tarts as a companion book.

I want to finally finish Tony Blair’s auto biography; The Journey. Which I started about 3 years ago and got a bit stumped when got to the Iraq chapter; not bedtime reading.

I found a couple of books at work so want to read them fairly soon and take back. one by Sinead Moiraity and Memoirs of a Geisha. Sinead  is not Liane Moiraty’s sister, but I want to test whether all moray’s are good writers .

The Guernsey Literary and Potato pie society

I saw the trailer for this film a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday I decided to buy the book and try to read it, before the film came out. I did not expect to complete it within 24 hours, especially as I also did a day’s work and slept.

It is only 240 pages and because, almost the whole book is in letters with addresses as the top, they are not whole pages.

The book is set after the end of world war 2. During World war 2, Guernsey which is an Island between England and France was occupied by Germans. The letters reminisce about war years; which seems an odd would to use. Indeed the book does seem all very jolly, at first I thought this was odd given that in actual fact the times described must have been quite grim. Then I realised in letters like you do when posting on social media you present a more positive version than in real life. From what I have seen of the trailer it seems, the film will all be very jolly and I suspect they will have missed the opportunity to show the layers between, what is written and the reality.

The book was an easy read and I suspect the film will be easy watching.

A short history of tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

I have been aware of this title for a while, but did not know what it was about. Maybe I was aware because shortlisted for Orange prize or because author based in UK.

I was underwhelmed. Tractors just about only appear in italic sections and you do not have to read italics, right? Still I found it dull. Very colloquial and did not have impact or come to a meaningful conclusion.

A Woman’s work is never done …

Post book club reflections regarding Harriet Harman’s A Woman’s work

Cocoa book club hence brownie, strawberry lemonade and pina colada tea.

The book provoked interesting discussion! I could not remember my initial thoughts on reading books. Those who had just read wanted more of her personal life in, rather than it being a political memoir. But we acknowledged that, along with the other areas she has been rather a pioneer in as a woman, she is a bit of a pioneer as a woman writing in politics writing an autobiography. She would not have wanted to dumb her career down and write a chick flick of an autobiography rather than a political memoir.

Still I agree it could have been more personal. The book was called a woman’s work. It was informative about political career but as the saying goes a women’s work is never done! You may do a day in office then hurry home, to feed, bathe and put t bed kids, whilst put a load of washing on then ironing or catching up with work e-mails … your sleep may be disturbed by needs of child during night … Harriet talks about the struggles of other women and admits she was lucky as could pay for childcare. But is could have gone a lot further …exactly how did she make it work? Women need to know how you do it! How supportive was her husband? What was the impact on her children of her career? We felt a good editor would have, asked these questions and got her to include.

A couple of people had listened to the audio book and found her tone hard to listen to; dull, school teachery; too proud were some comments. We discussed how in writing, she made it sound like she had achieved a lot single handed; which will not have been the case. However, women can undersell self. Whereas a man (or a successful person) will say I did; this, this and this! Whereas in actual fact the successful person, may have had the initial idea but then their team did donkey work; form filling, filling etc.… then successful person claims as their success!

Having been born a few weeks after Harriet was elected as an MP, it is amazing the progress, during my life. Yes women still not equally represented in parliament but compared to the last 100 years … I’m also enjoying learning currently from the book Century Girls by Tessa Dunlop which covers women born between 1914 -1918. In 1918; the first women were allowed to vote. But only women over 30 could vote. Now women, vote at the same age as men. In the early 70s women could not own property without their husband or father on the title deeds. Today, I own property in my name, I vote in honour of women who gave lives for that right. But if a man lived in my household; the form to confirm who in the household was eligible to vote would be addressed to them! I’m entitled to a year’s maternity leave; up until 2007 then women were only entitled to 18 weeks. Additionally that leave can be shared with partner so, it is not necessarily woman who has to sacrifice chunk of career.

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman

A Woman’s work by Harriet Harmen

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman

A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman

Education for all! A slogan of 1918 UK election

Century Girls

March Summary


The month started with a blog party for World book day.

Round up following World Book Day blog party 🎉 🎉 🎉

The life I left behind

What I’m reading / want to read

All the Breaking Waves by Collette McBeth

All the Breaking Waves by Kerry Lonsdale

All the Breaking Waves: Kerry Lonsdale Contains SPOILERS


Japanese Girl’s Don’t Die

Japanese Girls Don’t Die

50 Shades

50 Shades Freed Contains SPOILERs


Dunkirk (2017)

Finding your feet

Finding your feet

Mr and Mrs Smith

Mr and Mrs Smith


Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup at Sheffield’s Crucible Soup until Saturday 3rd March

Frost v Nixon

Frost v Nixon


Ed Byrne; very middle class and he knew it! Good evening.

All the Breaking Waves: Kerry Lonsdale Contains SPOILERS

I’m pleased Pink for Days, recommended this author to me.

From the blurb, I like the sound of buried family secrets. The first chapter talked about the girl in it having psychic visions, I did not like the sound of that. I thought it was going to be wishy, washy, but it was not. It was gritty. It dealt with relationships with friends, family and lovers. It featured near death scenes, a murder, hit and run and a death from a brain tumour.

The final chapters are dramatic. There are scenes of near drownings, which you know from pages left, will not be the end of it. However, it does not become monotonous continually going round with different near death scenes. There is just one more. Then a happy ending; she does not die. The Grandmother succumbs to the brain tumour, peacefully in sleep. Then there is a proposal.

As the review below, states, there are flaws. Like how the couple apparently had thought about each other so much apart yet had kept apart. Then reunited, what has kept them apart no longer mattered. Yes, it is predictable, you are fairly certain she will live and her and Owen will live together, happily ever after. There was moments, however thought Cassie may drown, or the dog (how did he get out alive?) or Owen. Overall it was a pleasant read and once I got into final chapters, I had to get to the end there and then!