Monthly Archives: January 2017

Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad, by Catherine Butcher

Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad, by Catherine Butcher. Edith Cavell was an English nurse who helped establish a nursing school in Brussels, at a time when nursing practice in Belgium had low standards and little community respect. Cavell … Continue reading

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Opposite Ends of the Reading Spectrum

These are two very different books that I read at the beginning of my Christmas/New Year break. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon Subhi is a refugee who has never known life outside of the detention centre where he was … Continue reading

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The Morning They Came For Us, by Janine Di Giovanni

If I wasn’t already aware of it, Janine Di Giovanni would make me realise how little I’ve managed to fit into my life. A journalist reporting in depth on more than two decades of wars and conflict in Europe, Africa … Continue reading

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Glider Pilots in Sicily by Mike Peters

Fifteen years before my birth, in the events described in Mike Peters’ Glider Pilots in Sicily, my cousin died. He was a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, travelling in a glider taking troops to the first stage of … Continue reading

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In the Land of the Blue Burqas by Kate McCord

In the Land of the Blue Burqas by Kate McCord gives a fascinating insight into the people of Afghanistan, particularly the women, and how Islam affects their lives and relationships. While Islam and Christianity embrace very different views of God, … Continue reading

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