Books I Am Loving

People are constantly recommending books to me and I am one of those people who likes to try different books all of the time. This means that I usually end up reading several books at a time. I love doing this because it means I have a choice. At bedtime I may feel like a drama or biography and in the morning a thriller may meet my needs.

As someone who started as a book blogger, I wanted to update my current reading choices as I am totally enjoying the stories and non-fiction books that I am right in the middle of at the moment. It may sound odd that I like to have several books on the go but that is just the way I operate. Here are a couple of my current faves.

Flat Share – Beth O’Leary

A work colleague lent me this book and couldn’t speak highly enough of it. She said it was packed with short chapters and is really engaging. So I gratefully took it home and then completely forgot about it for six months. Finally I got round to starting it just before Christmas and I wish I could read all of Beth’s books at once. Her style is fantastic!

Flipping between chapters by Leon, who works as a medic, and Tiffy, who works in publishing, this entertaining book covers an interesting predicament. Imagine having the option of a cheap flat in London which is fully furnished and provides a perfect living solution after a break up. Leon’s flat has one peculiar twist. There is just one bed. Leon happens to sleep there during the day and Tiffy gets the flat(and bed) to herself at night time. Odd but brilliant!

Three Wishes – Liane Moriarty

I am getting towards the end of this masterpiece. Liane never lets me down with her contemporary dramas. She is a massive inspiration for me as a fledgling author. Following some episodes in the life of three thirty something triplets living in Sydney, this story is amusing and captivating.

The sisters have divorced parents who still play a big role in their lives. We see flashbacks to the time when their parents split, spliced amongst chapters about modern events, including one husband’s affair, another’s attempt to keep a new relationship with a locksmith going and the third’s challenges relating to becoming a step mother.

Liane uses the close third person to follow each woman closely as they go through a personal struggle or quandary. It is not a dark story and Liane regularly makes comical observations about modern life. Her clever way with words and short chapters (my favourite kind of chapters) make for a fun, easy to follow story which will one day be either a movie or TV series. Every single one of her books has been bought by Hollywood.

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Theatre is Amazing!

One of my favourite things to do when I have the time is watch a live theatre production. Theatre was introduced to me as a child through pantomimes and small productions that used to drive around visiting schools. I was always in awe of real actors putting on a show right in front of me and my love for theatre has never since waned.

At Secondary school I remember going on my first proper trip to see a London show. It was a version of ‘An Inspector Calls’ which was the GCSE book that we were studying in English at the time and it was so exciting for us. This one visit to a London theatre stuck with me and created a bug for going back again and again.

Theatres need protecting

After several lockdowns and long periods without their doors open, so many actors, producers, technical engineers and front of house people have struggled to stay in the industry. Since they have reopened their doors again to audiences, I have been able to get booking again and am still looking forward to the Hammersmith production of Sister Act which was delayed from 2020 and should finally go ahead this year, sadly without Whoopi Goldberg as originally planned.

I hope that people get back into the habit (excuse the Sister Act joke) and keep returning to the West End and local theatres so that we can get the theatre industry well and truly back on its feet again. So much imagination and artistry is put into packaging these masterpieces. It would be a shame to see them dry up.

Notable productions

Here are some of my favourite shows that I have seen in London:

Gypsy (with Imelda Staunton) – watched three times – phenomenal. Got her autograph. Will cherish.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Dr Doolittle (Philip Schofield and the voice of Julie Andrews)

Blythe Spirit (Jennifer Saunders)

Wicked

Billy Elliott

Follies

East is East (with Jane Horrocks) – selfie below.

Photograph 51 (with Nicole Kidman) – another autograph I will savour.

Under the Blue Sky (with Catherine Tate)

Wicked

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Bodyguard (with Beverley Knight)

Hairspray (with Michael Ball)

A Christmas Carol (with Jim Broadbent and Samantha Spiro) I was so happy to get a selfie with Sam.

As I was writing this I realised that the list could go on for pages.

Whilst in New York I got to see Idina Menzel in a wonderful version of If/Then at the Richard Rogers theatre. I really hope to see another Broadway play one day.

As you can probably tell, theatre means a lot to me and my friends. So I really wrote this article to remind people of the value and importance of theatre as a creative force. I very much hope I can urge you to consider checking out what’s on at your local theatre or think about popping to a London show soon and giving some support.

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My sister Diana and her friends have been busy the last week and here are some of their recent gems.   We hope you are leaving with a smile on your …

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – The Senior Team pass the the funnies along – Showers and Mirror Images