I Feel Bad About My NeckTitle: I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

Author: Nora Ephron

Pages: 162 Pages

Publisher: Transworld Digital

The Blurb

Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met SallyHeartburnSleepless in SeattleYou’ve Got Mail) turns her sharp wit on to her own life.
* Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from
*If the shoe doesn’t fit in the shoe store, it’s never going to fit
*When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you
*Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of thirty-five you will be nostalgic for by the age of forty-five
*The empty nest is underrated
*If only one third of your clothes are mistakes, you’re ahead of the game

The Review

I love it when people just write about stuff. I know that sounds really random but it is the main reason I love British born writer Caitlin Moran and it is also the reason I love Nora Ephron – whom I believe was Caitlin Moran’s writing mirror image.

Nora Ephron wrote about stuff. Her style was witty and sassy but charming and engaging. I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman is a brilliant collection of essays on what it is like to grow up and indeed grow old. She was so easy to read that I am both, at once, devastated that she is no longer around to write anything new and equally happy that I still have a backlog of her writing to get through.

I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron is available now.

4 Stars

The Blurb

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.

The Review

I chose to read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce because it was recommended by one of my favourite booktubers, Jen Campbell. She said that it was such a lovely book and because I already had a copy of it (and the sequel The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy) I decided to boost it up my playlist.

Jen Campbell was right. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is lovely. It is wonderful, joyous and uplifting. So many superlatives for just one book.

Like Ronseal, the book is about what it says on the cover. A pilgrimage by a man called Harold Fry. After receiving a letter from a friend telling him that she is sick Harold decides to visit her. He makes the decision to walk the 400plus miles to get there.

Now all of this may seem farfetched but this story has real heart. As Harold goes along his journey you feel his fatigue and you cheer him on. His journey feels like your journey.

I, for one, cannot wait to read the sequel.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is available now.

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A trio of women all living in different periods of the 20th century are all held together by a genetic link. One that will see them pass in and out of each other’s lives over the course of sixty years.

Our first heroine, Jessie is living in France. After being abandoned by her husband she begins to rely on kindness of strangers to get by; transforming herself from Jessie to Perdita – muse, socialite and lover of a famous artist.

Next comes Baba McCleod aka Lisa La Touche, a Hollywood starlet, maker of her own destiny and big dreamer. Her success comes during the pre-World War II period but after she has been left in a delicate way from an affair with a married actor Lisa has some big decisions to make. Can she leave the glitz and glamour of Tinsletown behind?

And finally there is Cat. She is the most strong willed and independent of the three; a photographer who throws herself into the most dangerous situations. Her adventures happen amidst a backdrop of sixties decadence along with the darker side of the decade – focussing on the political unrest of a period of history that saw dramatic social and political upheaval.

Kate Beufoy’s stunning novel was based of letters that her grandmother had written just after the First World War. She was working in France and fell in love with painter. The letters, along with a dress from Liberty’s of London and other artefacts became the premise of this story.

This is a wonderful novel; the three generations of remarkable, strong willed, determined women that had to fight against societal constraints to stay afloat is one that we all should want to read. Beaufoy has managed to capture three very distinct voices and separate them into three different historical backdrops (that in my opinion acted as tertiary characters throughout the novel) and makes you empathise and fight for each one of them. It truly is a love story in both the conventional and non-conventional sense.

I loved this Liberty Silk. From the very first page I was transported into a different world. I was both titillated and impressed with how seamlessly Beaufoy mixed fact and fictionby introducing famous figures of the 20th century – such as Zelda Fitzgerald and The Beatles et al – into the story like they had a purpose in the narrative. However, I was more in awe of how much heart this story had. It was heartbreaking and heart warming in equal measure and I am genuinely sad that I have finished reading it.

Liberty Silk by Kate Beaufoy is available now.

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