Buried Under Books

Category: Non-fiction

‘Hurrah for Gin’: a book for perfectly imperfect parents

Parenting: everyone has opinions and most people are full of advice. Katie Kirby knows better. She knows that parents do their best, that the material they have to work with is occasionally (indeed – often) nearly impossible to fathom or direct, and that amusing anecdotes are far more helpful than any well-meaning advice. With that […]

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‘Raising Girls’ in a media-saturated, critical world

Girls are in the news – for all the wrong reasons. Once upon a time, people worried rather a lot about boys; academically, they were trailing behind girls; culturally, they were struggling to find a place to fit into the modern world. In the last few years the media’s focus has shifted to the various pressures girls […]

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‘How not to be a perfect mother’ by Libby Purves

I’ve admitted before that I like to read books about babies / children / parenting. After all, the perfect way to spend my child-free time is to read about how to parent children, right? As you can tell from the rather fluorescent cover image depicting a ‘busy’ mum, this is quite an old book (first […]

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‘Predictably Irrational’: how we REALLY make decisions

When you make a decision, what influences you? You might expect that your past experiences would have an impact – and they certainly do – but are you sufficiently aware of the other factors influencing your decision-making process? From who orders first in a round of drinks to which new TV we buy, we’re constantly […]

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How murder became an art form and why we read detective fiction

Have you ever considered murder as a form of entertainment? How about murder as an art form? Popular cultural historian Dr Lucy Worsley has. What’s it about? ‘A Very British Murder’ is described in Worsley’s introduction as ‘an exploration of how the British enjoyed and consumed the idea of murder, a phenomenon that dates from […]

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More Weird (and Wonderful) Things Customers Say in Bookshops

‘Can you recommend a book of spells to raise pets from the dead? Just animals you understand – not people. I don’t want my husband coming back.’ Jen Campbell, bookseller at Ripping Yarns and author of ‘Weird Things Customers say in Bookshops’ is back with, well, more weird things customers have said to some poor, […]

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'Happily Ever After: Celebrating Pride and Prejudice'

It’s a truth widely known that I love Jane Austen. And, as always, when I’m interested in a topic, I enjoy reading about it, so I’ve gradually built up a collection of materials on Austen. This is one of my latest finds (thank you Waterstones!) and it does exactly what it promises to do: celebrates […]

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Val McDermid: the anatomy of crime

‘Every contact leaves a trace.’ This is the Locard Exchange Principle and it’s the fundamental building block of what we term ‘forensics’. In this neatly presented book, talented crime writer Val McDermid explores the development of forensic science and its applications in solving real life crime. What’s it about? McDermid explores the interaction of justice […]

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The Karma Army and Join Me: making old men happy with Danny Wallace

Sometimes books are the main event; sometimes they’re good to keep you company. Danny Wallace’s mildly amusing ‘join me’ definitely belongs to the latter group and kept me entertained without demanding my full attention. Who is Danny Wallace and why does he want me to join him? He’s less well-known than friend and fellow funny […]

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