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

Everest Trek Get Together No 5

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Just back from a weekend in West Wales for the fifth biannual Everest Trek Reunion (photos on Flickr). A fab weekend with Hazel, Steffi, Dave and Jake featuring walking, eating and drinking and a stunningly sunny Saturday. I have returned... Read more

A backfill entry and not really "photos and notes", more of a summary of the four weeks when I caught up with Hazel on her South American adventures, travelling south from Santiago to Patagonia and back again in November/December 2003... Read more

Ice Land - Betsy Tobin

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An Icelandic setting for a historical novel-style retelling of part of the Norse myth Sörla þáttr featuring feather cloak clad goddess Freyja, the four dwarf brothers of Nidavellir and creators of the Brísingamen, and Fulla and Vili, star-crossed young lovers... Read more

Body Count - Barbara Nadel

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Çetin İkmen unwillingly enters his pre-retirement year only to face months of frustration chasing a serial killer claiming victims on a monthly basis. As it becomes clear that the crimes involve both the Roma community and Ottoman aristocracy, İkmen and... Read more

Between January 2008 and July 2013 I took photos of the redevelopment of the Barbican Estate's Milton Court site, as I passed by along Speed Highwalk on my way to work in CityPoint. The photos are all housed in my... Read more

Blood from a Stone - Donna Leon

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When an African vu cumprà street seller is shot in Venice, Brunetti's investigations lead him to diamonds, conflict in the Congo and corruption in Rome. Publisher page: Blood from a Stone - Donna Leon Author website: Donna Leon... Read more

.... aka a very fine way to spend a sunny Saturday morning and early afternoon, as the photos attest. Up early, Phil and I set off to walk to the Counter Cafe by way of Regents Canal and the Hertford... Read more

A backfill entry, pulling out the narrative from the photos in my Morocco via Madrid - April/May 2010 Flickr set (which I see I must now learn to call an 'album'). Phil took some beautiful photos - as he says,... Read more

Charlotte Higgins tours different regions of Britain to visit key Roman sites and talks about the related Roman (and 'British') history, the archaeological and documentary evidence and literature, plus the 'rediscovery' and interpretation in the modern era. It sounds a... Read more

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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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