Life After Life - Kate Atkinson

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The many lives of Ursula Beresford Todd, born 11 February 1910, died various. Wonderful. Author's page: Life After Life - Kate Atkinson... Read more

The Death of Faith - Donna Leon

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Commissario Brunetti is visited by Maria Testa, who he knows better as Suor'Immacolata of the Order of the Sacred Cross and the care home where Brunetti's mother lives. The former nun has walked out of the care home and abandoned... Read more

Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel

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Psychics, mediums, spirit guides, ghosts - and child abuse. The New York Times review is excellent. Publisher page: Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel... Read more

The Golden Egg - Donna Leon

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The latest Commissario Brunetti novel focuses on the power of language and communication as Brunetti, prompted by Paola, (unofficially) investigates the death of the deaf-mute man who had worked at the local dry cleaners. I think I was being a... Read more

Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

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AKA Peter Grant/Rivers of London Book 4, in which Nightingale, Peter and Lesley are drawn to various locations south of the river. A MAGIC read, as always - blending entertaining narrative, architecture, 21st century London life with a splash of... Read more

Excerpts from diaries and travelogues written across the centuries by explorers in all parts of the known world, culminating in Scott of the Antarctic's stoic and heartrending final entries in the diary he kept on the long march to, and,... Read more

Ten books

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Over on Facebook, Laura Murdoch nominated me to list "the 10 books that have meant the most to me and I carry with me - some worthy - some not!" Here are mine: The House at Pooh Corner - A.A.... Read more

Raiders from the North - Alex Rutherford

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Volume 1 in Alex Rutherford's Empire of the Moghul series tells the story of Babur, the first of India's Moghul (Mughal) Emperors. From the remote kingdom of Ferghana via Samarkand and Cabul (Kabul) it's a Boys Own adventure based on... Read more

The Unknown Bridesmaid - Margaret Forster

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A speedy read but an excellent novel - as always - which explores the long term effects of events that happen in childhood. This Guardian review sums the novel up nicely, "It tells the story of Julia, a child psychologist.... Read more

Andes - Michael Jacobs

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Jacobs journeys from Caracas to Puerto Williams, for much of the way following the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt and the El Libertador Simón Bolívar, telling us of the civilisations and cultures, history and geography of the Andes, from top... Read more

Primrose Hill - Helen Falconer

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North London in the late 90s, it's the long, hot summer holidays and best mates Si and Danny are chillin out atop Primrose Hill when Lolita-like Eleanor moves in on Si and life becomes a lot more complicated.... Publisher page:... Read more

Shieldwall - Justin Hill

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Readable historical fiction set in 11th century 'England' under the rule of Æthelred the Unready and his son Edmund Ironside and the almost annual depredations of the Danish Army, told through the eyes of Godwin Wulfnothson - later the powerful... Read more

Five Star Billionaire - Tash Aw

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Tash Aw slowly weaves together the stories of five Chinese-Malaysians in 21st century Shanghai. An excellent read. Author's website: Five Star Billionaire - Tash Aw... Read more

A speedy read - partly because it's a relatively slight novel but mainly because it's a good read. Suzannah Dunn presents Henry VIII's fifth wife as a teenage airhead, obsessed with boys and sex, which I suspect is a pretty... Read more

The subtitle says it all: On the Roof of the World: The Guardian Book of Mountains is in practice a collection of articles and leaders published in The Guardian on the topic of climbing.... and to start with, I found... Read more

Back from Peru: Cordillera Blanca complete

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Another fab three weeks trekking/climbing courtesy of Val, exploring some of the lesser known locations in the Cordillera Blanca after a humbling few days acclimatising in Quishuar where Val's LED charity funds the school and the health post (Medics, volunteer!).... Read more

The Shadow Lines - Amitav Ghosh

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Finished off on the Cruz del Sur luxury bus from Lima to Huaraz, I thoroughly enjoyed Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines. It's an early novel, and focuses on a family spread across the globe, from Dhakar to Calcutta to London,... Read more

Peru Prep

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As end of term approaches, I've been making my final preparations for Peru - I've got money from M&S, travel insurance from Campbell Irvine, trekking poles and pillow from Hazel and puzzles galore from Catherine. And the bank has made... Read more

At last, a proper page turner after two less engrossing reads.... I've developed a real love of nature/travel writing, and Robert Macfarlane's meditations on ancient pathways on land and sea bring together landscape and wildlife, modern politics and ghostly sacred... Read more

The People's Act of Love - James Meek

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Perhaps you need to have read more classic Russian novels than I have (sum total: 0) to appreciate James Meek's international bestselling, Man Booker Prize longlisted novel. I just found it a bit of a slog, in spite of the... Read more

Where I've Been

About Me

Born and brought up in Solihull, I studied at St Andrews and in Chester before coming to live and work in London.

I've done a variety of jobs in the legal sector, focusing on the knowledge management and technology side of things since 2000. You'll find details on LinkedIn.

In September 2013, I joined the ICT staff at St Paul's School on a part time basis, helping pupils learn the skills to live in a world driven by rapid technological change.

SparklyTrainers is about my world outside work. As you'll see, I love to travel, take photos and read.

I tweet (sporadically) as @maryloosemore

My email is [my firstname] @ [my surname].com


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