Our terrible, horrible, no good, very bad May

A nod to Alexander of the beloved children’s story, but even poor Alexander only had to suffer through one bad day. We’ve had a whole month of awful days. Cold. Grey skies. Rain. Lots and lots of rain. In Rome, May is one of our most beautiful months, but not this year. Think London with…

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Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 shortlist out!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The formerly Orange prize/formerly Bailey’s Prize/currently Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 shortlist has been announced. I haven’t read any of these, so I have a lot to look forward to in coming months. I always pick a few new reads off this annual shortlist of female authors worldwide.…

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Turn-of-the-century elegance in San Sebastian, Spain

During our holiday in France’s Pays basque, we also enjoyed crossing into Spain’s Pais vasco. I’ve already written about the regions’s Bilbao and its Guggenheim Museum. We also had an enjoyable tome visiting beautiful San Sebastian – or Donastia, in the Basque language. This elegant city is close to the French border, and was the…

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