Category: Books

Gone Girl: Still You review

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Are you Team Amy? Or Team Nick? Maybe you don’t know what we’re on about? The novel Gone Girl was a smash hit, particularly amongst women readers, so there’s been a lot of fuss about this film’s release, but is it deserved? And what’s all this about a new ending? Rachel went to see it and gives her side of the story…


Book review: Under a Mackerel Sky, Rick Stein

rick steinThis September, our first ever book club is starting with what you might think is an unusual choice, Rick Stein’s memoir, Under a Mackerel Sky. Here’s what I made of it. Feel free to add your comments below!

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When I saw this memoir for sale at WHSmiths, I bought it without a second thought. I have really enjoyed Rick Stein’s books and TV programmes over the years, and actually feel he has, in a tiny way, influenced what I do for a living now. I’m a bit of a fan, shall we say. When I first saw his programmes, especially the Food Heroes series, it made me properly engage with food and provenance for the first time. I decided to only eat free-range meat. Then I started an online local food directory, which a family member now runs. After that I started a food blog, and now this site…

I identify with this flawed but very likeable, intelligent entrepreneur, always have – perhaps because he wears his heart on his sleeve, as I like honest people, even if they are far from perfect. Reading this funny, sad and enjoyable memoir has only made me like him even more… (more…)