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The Narrowboat Lad by Daniel Mark Brown My rating: 5 of 5 stars Dan has been loving walking and cycling in his local area for many years and decides he would just love to live independently on the local canals. So this is the story of the pleasures and anxieties of his first year of… Continue reading Book review

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Not Cool: Europe by Train in a Heatwave by Jules Brown My rating: 5 of 5 stars 9 cities, 9 countries, 9 days? Madness! But I too have wondered what it would be like to travel around Europe by train nowadays, having enjoyed a fabulous InterRail month all the way to Italy and Greece in… Continue reading Book review

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Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds 3: More living ‘The Dream’ in Rural Ireland by Nick Albert My rating: 5 of 5 stars Watch out for that giant wood wasp! I was gifted this book so had not read parts 1 and 2 of the series but part 3 happily stood alone. I soon got to… Continue reading Book review

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Never Pack an Ice-Axe: Tales From a Travel Writer’s Life by Jules Brown My rating: 5 of 5 stars What a great title! I happily went along with our chatty guide, Jules, dropping in on random places all over the world. I enjoyed the fact that he had “never found a place yet that doesn’t… Continue reading Book review

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Boating with Buster: The Life and Times of a Barge Beagle by Alison Alderton My rating: 5 of 5 stars “A beagle? but they are impossible to train”, they said, but Alison and Roger proved everyone wrong by introducing Buster to life onboard their narrowboat, Lily, and finding him to be an enthusiastic third member… Continue reading Book Review

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Apple Island Wife: Slow Living In Tasmania by Fiona Stocker My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a delightful account of a family making a new life in the beautiful countryside of the Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania. Fiona tells their story with gentle humour and affectionate descriptions of the people she meets. She… Continue reading Book Review

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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony My rating: 5 of 5 stars A deep understanding of the elephant world This account by Lawrence Anthony is a wonderful record of the re-introduction of elephants to the Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, South Africa, after an absence… Continue reading Book Review

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The Coconut Wireless: A Travel Adventure in Search of the Queen of Tonga by Simon Michael Prior My rating: 5 of 5 stars Simon is happily living in London with his lovely New Zealand girlfriend Fiona, when they realise that her visa will run out before too long and she will need to return home.… Continue reading Book review

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Dear Fran, Love Dulcie: Life and Death in the Hills and Hollows of Bygone Australia by Victoria Twead My rating: 5 of 5 stars I had looked forward to reading this book very much and I was not disappointed. Looking back at the title, it is perfectly chosen. The letters are written from Bungundarra, which… Continue reading Book Review

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Bombs and Bougainvillea: An Expat in Jerusalem by L.E. Decker My rating: 5 of 5 stars When a family moves to a new country with all their worldly goods, it is a big commitment. Linda and her family are moving from Jordan to Jerusalem and she describes the complexities of immigration, customs bureaucracy, settling into… Continue reading Book Review