I’m Back!

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I’m back from a lovely holiday in Northern France. We stayed in a gîte near St Malo in Brittany and enjoyed investigating the old towns and villages in the area. We did some rock pooling, visited a goat farm, experienced the ‘velo bike’ and braved the crowds at Mont Saint Michel.


I didn’t do much reading, but I managed to finish these books:

  • HHhH by Laurent Binet (outstanding)
  • Lacrimosa by Regis Jauffret (depressing)
  • Half-Sick Of Shadows by David Logan (stangley captivating)
  • The Book of Answers by C Y Gopinath (bizarre)

Full reviews will follow shortly.

I hope you had a wonderful half term!


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  1. Sandy says:

    Vivian Swift talked about this place in “Le Road Trip”. You absolutely MUST read this book. You will fall in love.

    1. Jackie says:

      Sandy, That is a strong endorsement! I’ll keep an eye out for it.

  2. Sounds like you had a great time.
    As a teacher, I had a relaxing half term, but have now got the back to school blues….

    1. Jackie says:

      Sam, Glad you had a good half term. Hope the children are good for you :-)

  3. Meghan says:

    Sounds like you had a great holiday! :)

  4. markbooks says:

    Welcome back, looking forward to your ‘Book of Answers’ review…!

    1. Jackie says:


      “looking forward to your ‘Book of Answers’ review…!”
      Um, yes. That isn’t going to be an easy one to write :-)

  5. Alison P says:

    I saw Laurent Binet talking about HHhH at the Hay Festival last week – charming, amusing, engaging and very French! I have added this to my wish list as a direct result so I look forward to your review.

    1. Jackie says:

      Alison, I’m jealous. I’d love to hear Binet talk. He is very passionate in his views and although I may not agree with them all he must be fascinating to listen to. Hope you enjoy HHhH as much as I did.

  6. Jenners says:

    Welcome home!! That is pretty good reading for a vacation!

    1. Jackie says:

      Jenners, It looks a lot when I list it like that, but I’d actually nearly finished HHhH and Shadows before I left and I read most of Answers on my way home (ferry delayed by 4 hours!)

  7. Happy to hear you are back and had a nice time.

  8. Lindsay says:

    Sounds like a lovely break Jackie. Did you take your pup? I thought HHhH was excellent too.

    1. Jackie says:

      Lindsay, No – we left Ayla behind with her doggie friends. I’d be tempted to take her next time though. Glad you enjoyed HHhH too!

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