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Bridlington.net BloggersWelcome to Bridlington.net Bloggers Corner where our friendly bloggers have given their time to provide you with interesting and entertaining blogs. Below you will find the latest posts from our dedicated Bridlington Bloggers. Among them you will find the ever popular writer and local historian Mike Wilson, marketing expert Ann Brown from Summ It Up Marketing providing free advice on how to improve your marketing skills and for those with an interest in literature there is Lodge Books the Bridlington based book store and publishers keeping us up to date on some good reads.

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    Advertising

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Wed, Oct 29th, 2014

    Advertising opportunities exist for all businesses and with a little planning you can improve the look of and response to your ads. So often businesses leave ad set up to the publication with no input or direction or advertise at short notice giving little opportunity to design effective ads. However...



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    2014 - A Year in books - Week 43

    Lodge Books - Tue, Oct 28th, 2014

    Ken Follett is possibly best known for his historical epics such as The Pillars of the Earth but they have not so far appealed to me. However, I came across Night Over Water and decided to sample his acclaimed storytelling.This is a tale set in 1939 at the outbreak of...



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    2014 - A Year in Books - Week 42

    Lodge Books - Tue, Oct 21st, 2014

    I have long thought that I might read something by Maya Angelou and the time has arrived. As well as poetry, essays and children's books she has written her autobiography in six parts, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – where else would I begin?This volume tells...



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    2014 - A Year in Books - Week 41

    Lodge Books - Tue, Oct 14th, 2014

    I have looked at The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg as a potential read previously but rejected it on the basis that a front cover review refers to '...blood-curdling horror' – I don't do Horror as a genre. However, this time when I picked it up I started reading and was...



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    Craft businesses – Is it possible to be successful and profitable?

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Mon, Oct 13th, 2014

    There are many talented people running craft businesses, some more successful than others. Despite the homespun image, many craft businesses have become worldwide profitable brands, such as Kath Kidston who started out in the UK and in the US Martha Stewart.To run a successful craft business and do justice to...



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    2014 - A Year in Books - Week 40

    Lodge Books - Tue, Oct 7th, 2014

    More often than not the book comes first and a film or TV programme follows later, but now and again it happens the other way round, and such is the case with Seasons of My Life by Hannah Hauxwell with Barry Cockcroft. Solitary Daleswoman, Hannah, first came to the attention...



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    Getting your twitter profile right

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Wed, Oct 1st, 2014

    A professional Twitter account showing clearly who you are and what you do makes the difference between using Twitter effectively as a marketing tool, building followers or having a Twitter account that achieves nothing.Before you get started:

     Assign running your Twitter account and tweets to one person in your...



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    2014 - A Year in Books - Week 39

    Lodge Books - Tue, Sep 30th, 2014

    Peter Mayle is known particularly for his very enjoyable autobiographical books such as A Year in Provence but he has also written a number of novels, one from 2010 that I have just read being The Vintage Caper. Perhaps not surprisingly, this is set largely in Provence and celebrates all...



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    2014 - A Year in Books - Week 38

    Lodge Books - Tue, Sep 23rd, 2014

    Back to fiction this week and a romantic historical novel by popular local author Valerie Wood, namely Annie. The story is set in and around Hull, East Yorkshire and York, areas that are no doubt familiar to the author who has spent parts of her life in all three, and...



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    2014 - A Year in Books - Week 37

    Lodge Books - Tue, Sep 16th, 2014

    A bit of Sociology this week and a book by Eric Klinenberg (a Professor on the subject at New York University) called Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. Clearly this relates mainly to American research but it does include some European data and comparisons, and...



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    Preparing for marketing

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Tue, Sep 16th, 2014

    Family run businesses are always short of time and marketing often gets put the bottom of the 'to do list'. Deciding who does the marketing and what marketing should be done are also issues. Family run and small businesses often do marketing ad hoc with little planning and typically no...



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    A Brain With Accessories

    Cornelius Buttercup III - Fri, Sep 12th, 2014

    In June I booked a holiday for us in Australia. We leave on 1st October. Security will doubtless be tight at the airport, but not tight enough to realise that the person who booked the holiday is not the person  boarding the plane, or not entirely anyway.

    You see since...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 36

    Lodge Books - Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

    There are many weighty, and therefore forbidding, tomes on the decline and fall of the Roman Empire and so it was with some relief that I came across Bryan Ward-Perkins' The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization; in a more manageable, almost pocket-sized book. But don't be deceived...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 35

    Lodge Books - Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

    I don't often read autobiographies, and especially avoid those by so-called celebrities. However I have in the past enjoyed the books of James Herriott and Gervase Phinn, set of course in God's Own Country. It seemed reasonable to assume then that I wouldn't go far wrong with a book passed...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 34

    Lodge Books - Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

    I have been aware of Yorkshire-born crime writer Peter Robinson and his Detective Inspector Banks for some time and this week I was drawn to that section of bookshelf in the shop. I picked off A Necessary End, the third of his novels. The setting is a fictional Yorkshire market...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 33

    Lodge Books - Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

    I have mixed feelings about Louise Levene's A Vision of Loveliness. It starts out quite funny, and clever, but the comedy soon becomes darker and the excellent period atmosphere of the seedy, sleazy, sad world of London's West End in the 1960s becomes ever so slightly depressing.In this book we...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 32

    Lodge Books - Mon, Aug 18th, 2014

    Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is Helen Simonson’s first novel, and if you like the novels of Alexander McCall Smith then you will probably like this, not least because of its ‘faith in the powers of courtesy and kindness’.

    In the south coast village of Edgecombe St Mary, Major Ernest Pettigrew...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 31

    Lodge Books - Tue, Aug 5th, 2014

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is set in Nazi Germany and is an unusual novel, not least because the story is narrated by Death. It is described as ‘a small story about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery’.

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    Marketing on a Budget

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Tue, Aug 5th, 2014

    Keeping track of marketing and advertising spend is advisable at any time and new businesses and SME’s have to be particularly watchful.

     

    How do you market and promote a business on a budget?

    First be clear what is it you want to achieve.  Set objectives and make them SMART,...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 30

    Lodge Books - Tue, Jul 29th, 2014

    If you love reading and bemoan the lost art of letter writing then The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a book you are sure to enjoy.

    In 1946 Juliet Ashton is a writer who, having written a wartime newspaper column,...



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    Three days in Scotland

    Mike Wilson - Sun, Jul 27th, 2014

    Shearings Holidays provided us with a fantastic holiday last week. The five-day holidays are actually three full (and I mean full!) days' travelling plus three days at a hotel. We stayed at Dornoch Hotel, opposite the golf course with views (when the sea har allowed) across the loch. The food...



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    Finding the right customers for your Marketing Strategy

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Wed, Jul 23rd, 2014

    Many small and new businesses try to appeal to too wide an audience and are unclear who will like and buy their products and services. The result is usually that they appeal to no one. Knowing who your right customers are should be one of the fundamentals of your business...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 29

    Lodge Books - Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014

    I have just read a couple of M. C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth murder mysteries, namely Death of a Gossip and Death of an Outsider, and thoroughly enjoyed them both.

    Set in the far north west of Scotland, the first story introduces the reader to the Lochdubh police constable, who generally...



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    Another brilliant day

    Mike Wilson - Sun, Jul 20th, 2014

    What a fantastic day last Thursday!

    The Spa Royal Hall was the scene of a second unveiling of a blue plaque commemorating the life a musician who appeared at Bridlington. This second plaque was for Wallace Hartley, who led an orchestra here from 1902 to 1904. In 1912 Wallace...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 28

    Lodge Books - Tue, Jul 15th, 2014

    If I had a pound for every time a customer has recommended the author Lee Child to me I would be… well I’d have a few quid in my pocket. Suffice to say, it seemed like I should try him out, so I picked One Shot off the shelf to...



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    Another interesting day in Brid

    Mike Wilson - Tue, Jul 15th, 2014

    It's 15th July at Brid, a warm sunny day, but where the heck is everybody? Don't tell it all depends on the school holidays. Where's all the old folk like me, enjoying a break on the beach? How's Brid's guest houses and other holiday-based businesses going to survive unless...



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    Out On A Limb

    Cornelius Buttercup III - Mon, Jul 14th, 2014

    On 4th June I set off to visit a country I know very little about, Holland. In fact all I really know for sure is that 40 years ago a Dutchman, whose name I can't remember, invented the Cruyff turn.

    Other things that seem likely are that a girl wrote...



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    Tour de France

    Cornelius Buttercup III - Mon, Jul 14th, 2014

    I am not a cyclist myself and have never shown much interest in the Tour de France. That said, I am showing some interest this year on the basis that Yorkshire pitched for the first two stages and came out on top.

    What a magnificent advert for our county. There...



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    A Nice Surprise

    Mike Wilson - Fri, Jul 11th, 2014

    I had a nice surprise yesterday when I visited the Tourist Information Centre to check on my books. There they were, all in a line on one shelf. From the left: "Full Fathom Five," a novel set in Victorian Bridlington which deals with the lifeboat service; "Little Tyke," tales in...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 27

    Lodge Books - Tue, Jul 8th, 2014

    The next book on my reading pile was The Snack Thief, an Inspector Montalbano mystery by Italian author Andrea Camilleri. Coincidentally, just as I started reading it I noticed on BBC4 the start of a series of television adaptations of the novels, and the first one was ‘The Snack Thief’!

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    An Introduction to LinkedIn for business

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Tue, Jul 8th, 2014

    Most business professionals and business owners have a LinkedIn page and some set up a LinkedIn business page, but very few make full use of their LinkedIn business page. This is a  lost opportunity.

    First off what does your LinkedIn business page include? Think of it as a mini web...



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    Leisure World - What's left of it!

    Mike Wilson - Wed, Jul 2nd, 2014

    This a painting of Fort Hall, Bridlington, which is in the news this week. Apparently, some remains of the building have been discovered during the destruction of Leisure World. This painting is by Pat Pinder, of Bridlington, and was copied from a water colour dated 1838. Note the guns.

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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 26

    Lodge Books - Tue, Jul 1st, 2014

    Week 26, which means we are half way through our reading year. And this week’s offering is Treasures of Time, which won the first National Book Award for Fiction, by Penelope Lively (Booker Prize winning author of Moon Tiger in 1987). Clearly this author has an award-winning pedigree, but I’m...



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    HMS Flamborough Head

    Mike Wilson - Sun, Jun 29th, 2014

    This is HMCS Cape Breton at the shipyard quayside in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was originally named HMS Flamborough Head and served with the Royal Navy in the last years of WW2. When withdrawn from service she took her original name and was scheduled to be part...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 25

    Lodge Books - Thu, Jun 26th, 2014

    Erica James’ The Holiday as you might expect involves a holiday romance or two, but there is also a touch of the thriller and some psychological drama; so not entirely formulaic.

    Art teacher Izzy Jordan is invited to spend the summer with friends at their villa on Corfu and, now...



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    Good deed for the day

    Mike Wilson - Thu, Jun 26th, 2014

    Today we visited University of Hull with a appointment at the Centre for Health and Clinical Neuroscience. I'd offered to undergo tests to check my memory with a view to helping a survey to find out how to ward off dementia. Everyone of my age forgets a few things...



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    More birds

    Mike Wilson - Wed, Jun 25th, 2014

    A selection of the best photos over the last week. The starlings bring their young to feed on the fat balls and other food we have put up just outside our back window. I can sit in my chair by the open window and snap away to my heart's content....



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    Big Day for Bridlington

    Mike Wilson - Wed, Jun 25th, 2014

     

    Phil White came to Bridlington today for his programme. Roving reporter Chris Arundel had invited me to join Phil to talk about the coming of the railway to Brid in 1845. Phil found himself a little corner in the Station Buffet where his did his pieces for the...



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    Not sure what to Tweet?

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Tue, Jun 24th, 2014

    Just getting started or have been using Twitter for a while but feel that you are not getting anywhere. It can be hard to know what to tweet about and how to do it effectively. To help you up your Twitter game, build new followers and connect with your followers...



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    A Day in the Secret Gardens

    Mike Wilson - Sat, Jun 21st, 2014

    This was the first house we visited today. The Secret Gardens of Old Town were on display and many visitors enjoyed a beautiful day - sunny for the most part - as they wandered down High Street and South Back Lane before venturing towards the Priory for further surprises....



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 24

    Lodge Books - Tue, Jun 17th, 2014

    Although I have read a number of John Buchan’s novels, for some reason his most famous, The Thirty-Nine Steps, has escaped me – until now. But it seemed like the ideal companion for a train journey to Scotland at the weekend; although you do need to spend some time looking...



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    How to promote your blog

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Mon, Jun 16th, 2014

    You’ve spent time writing and putting your blog post together. It’s posted online. What now? How do you promote your blog post, get more people to see it and build followers?

    Assuming you have written your blog post with your customers and prospective customers in mind, the next step is...



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    New Books

    Mike Wilson - Sun, Jun 15th, 2014

    Here are my new books, launched on Darewski Day, 7th June:

    Herman Darewski tells of his rise to the top as a song-writer before and during World War One. Some of his tunes made it to the very pinnacle in the world of singable melodies. 'Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts...



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    Birdies and the cat

    Mike Wilson - Sun, Jun 15th, 2014

    I'm still struggling with bird photography. We erected a bird feeder and hung up the balls of fat etc to attract the young starlings. So far, I've seen mainly starlings and their young. I was pleased with this shot of a youngster, then another one arrived and there was...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 23

    Lodge Books - Tue, Jun 10th, 2014

    Now and again I pick up a book I am not familiar with by an author I have never heard of, just for the adventure. Leninsky Prospekt by Katherine Bucknell is such a book, and although a quick glance at the cover might make you think this is ‘chick-lit’ (a...



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    Darewski Day at the Spa Royal Hall

    Mike Wilson - Sun, Jun 8th, 2014

    On Saturday, 7th June, 2014, a blue plaque was unveiled at the Spa Royal Hall to celebrate the work of Herman Darewski, Musical Director of the Spa between 1924 and 1926, then 1933 and 1939.

    I was delighted that the Spa had gone along with my idea of the plaque,...



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    Finding time for marketing

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Thu, Jun 5th, 2014

    Every business has to market and promote their products and services to increase brand awareness and bring in sales. So often marketing ends up at the bottom of the ‘to do’ list even though one of the benefits of building marketing into the day to day running of a business...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 22

    Lodge Books - Wed, Jun 4th, 2014

    I have been aware of Belgian (to be honest I thought he was French) author Georges Simenon and the character most featured in his novels, Inspector Maigret, for many years, but have never come across any of the books. And so I was delighted to discover that they are now...



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    Radio Humberside

    Mike Wilson - Tue, Jun 3rd, 2014

    Had some fun on Radio Humberside this afternoon. I'd been asked to do a piece by Joan Venus-Evans for the Secret Histories programme. Phil - I didn't catch his surname - got me seated and earphoned, at which point Diane took this 'snap.' Phil and I chatted about Herman...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 21

    Lodge Books - Tue, May 27th, 2014

    I have previously read only one PD James novel and on recently acquiring a box of books containing a number of hers, it seemed like high time to read some more. I picked out The Lighthouse, featuring her well known detective Commander Adam Dalgliesh, which appeared to be a classic,...



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    Can you help, please?

    Mike Wilson - Sat, May 24th, 2014

    I've been asked a question about Bridlington history that I cannot answer immediately, so can you help me, please?

    Apparently there are some trees on Bempton Lane which were planted to commemorate an event during World War Two. My first thought was that there could have been a plane crash...



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    How to attract customers and bookings online

    Ann Brown Summ It Up Marketing - Wed, May 21st, 2014

    Whether customers or guests, buyers check out businesses, accommodation and products online before buying and booking so it’s important to have a strategy for attracting customers on the web. Firstly as your web site is your shop front keep it up to date and review it every quarter to:

     

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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 20

    Lodge Books - Tue, May 20th, 2014

    A few years ago I read Kate Morton’s second novel and have been keen to read her first, The House at Riverton, at some point. I recently acquired a copy and with the sun shining it seemed like a good time to indulge in this ‘Richard & Judy Summer Read’.

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    Photography Workshop

    Mike Wilson - Thu, May 15th, 2014

    This afternoon I was lucky enough to enjoy an hour on the south beach near the Spa with photographer Mike Barnard on a landscape workshop. These are some of my resulting photographs:

     

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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 19

    Lodge Books - Tue, May 13th, 2014

    Creaks ran through the wicker, discussing him, then all was quiet. This delightful notion that a wicker chair chatters about its new occupant comes from Elizabeth Bowen in her novel The Last September – also a 2000 film starring amongst others Keeley Hawes , Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith.

    The...



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    Diggers in Brid

    Mike Wilson - Tue, May 13th, 2014

    Two sets of diggers were busy on the south shore this morning when I visited the Spa. The traditional bait diggers were accompanied by huge industrial diggers at work on the sewer project. I wonder how many worms there would have been in a bucketful with one those machines.

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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 18

    Lodge Books - Tue, May 6th, 2014

    I have just finished reading Entertaining Angels, the debut novel by local author John Grosser, who grew up in Hull and returned there a few years ago after a spell in London. And both cities feature in this book, along with the World War One battlefields of Flanders.

    This is...



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    Herman Darewski Day

    Mike Wilson - Wed, Apr 30th, 2014

    I can't believe that April is nearly gone. Darewski Day at the Spa on Saturday, 7th June, is still going ahead well. My book about him is at the printers in Washington (Tyne and Wear, not the US of A!), and I hope the proof arrives soon.

    Before that, I'm having...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 17

    Lodge Books - Tue, Apr 29th, 2014

    On World Book Night I picked up a copy of The Perfect Murder by Peter James, partly because I have never read any of his books, but also because I didn’t have much time for reading last week and this is a ‘Quick Read’. These are a series of short...



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    2014 - A Year In Books - Week 16

    Lodge Books - Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014

    Wednesday 23rd April is (or was, depending on when you read this) World Book Night, and one of the titles being given away is Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. I first read this in the 80s when it was originally published and decided that this would be an opportune...



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