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A Woman Alone (Autobiographical Writings) by Bessie Head

Meet Bessie Head

Bessie Amelia Emery was born in 1937 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa and was put in foster care immediately. Her mother died in 1943 and she was placed in an Anglican mission orphanage in 1950. She trained and worked as a primary school teacher. She moved to Cape Town in 1960 and […]

A Start in Life by Anita Brookner

This was the first novel by Anita Brookner and she wrote it in her fifties. I have read some of her later work like the well known Hotel du Lac but I was recently inspired by heavenali’s blog (which has inspired me previously on a re-reading project) to join her in spirit and read some […]

Flee, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn

This a delightful read on the entertainment level, a comforting read on the information level and an optimistic read on the personal level. It is a road trip novel in which Lillian Gorsen and Audrey Clark take a vacation from their lives in the Tranquil Meadows Nursing Home in Ottawa. Both women have Alzheimers and […]

Auld Acquaintance

This was what I call a “very comfortable” and also a very comforting read. Anna is in her sixties,has divorced and not fully recovered from the effects of that disturbance. Her friends comprise a group called Samba which is a name made from the first initial in each of the members’ names. These friends and […]

Not Wanted on the Voyage Book Four

“…and the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth…into your hand are they delivered.  Genesis 9:2”

Supplies are running low on the ark as this last book begins. Things have been much harder below deck […]