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How to Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy recipes for natural remedies and beauty fixes – By James Wong

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Who doesn’t want to become an able hobbyist? Oh no – well perhaps Grow Your Own Drugs is not for you. But if it is a noble pursuit that you hear the call for, then read on. Grasp this ebook and perhaps set yourself a natural remedy a month, maybe […]

Letters From Father Christmas – By J.R.R. Tolkien

 Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Charming doesn’t quite cover it for me on this one.  I first listened to Derek Jacobi reading this on ‘my first sony’, (I still have the cassette tapes) and what a magnificent actor to give voice to Tolkien’s living, breathing, letter-writing and present-giving Father Christmas. His voice shifts from wilful […]

A Christmas Carol – By Charles Dickens

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary When someone asks you what you’re reading, say a ‘novella in five staves’ and watch them be impressed. A Christmas Carol is such a novella and one that should be read for its hilarity, delight and true festiveness.  I watched the ultimate transformation of the misanthropic Scrooge to joy-filled merry […]

Pinocchio – By Carlo Collidi

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Oh Pinocchio you poor thing! Not a thing at all, sorry Pinocchio, poor quasi-human marionette who’s wrestling with existential and Kantian morality issues. Make no mistake – bad things happen to Pinocchio … Like Grimm, this is a darker-saturated incarnation of magic than the fairytales we’re so familiar with, […]

Author Spotlight – Doris Lessing

I can still remember the cold anticipation, where I was sitting and what I was wearing when I read the last chapter of The Grass is Singing.  Lessing’s writing is so affecting that there must be collective shudder by her readers when they realise that she ripped up her first two novels, and continues to […]

The Phantom of The Opera – By Gaston Leroux

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary A hidden face, a blighted love, possession, intrigue and a tortuous obsession. Having been literally obsessed with the musical my whole life (I have a PowerPoint presentation on why it’s the only and best musical ever written) it was my utter delight to read the original story by French […]

Larry’s Party – By Carol Shields

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary This is a deceptively simple book. Just one guy’s life. When you meet Larry he is luxuriating in a rather new ‘find’, a Harris Tweed jacket to end all Harris Tweed jackets. Larry does own one, but not this one. That means someone else will no doubt notice upon […]

Author Spotlight – Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr is one of those authors who creates a world that captures you in an instant. Despite dreaming up some of the most colossally adored characters of all time (who isn’t devoted to Mog?) for me it’s her first novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit that shows the breadth of her talent for telling […]

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – By Judith Kerr

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Eleven year old Anna is about to ruin everything, if only her mother can stop her in time. She’s travelling aboard the milk train over the frontier to Switzerland, away from her homeland Germany, which that night is on the cusp of coming under Nazi power. Anna’s life is […]