I seem to spend hours reading poetry .  After a while it can pall. So recently I have returned (dizzies permitting ) to prose and find that it’s really refreshing .  I’m reading all the books I always promised myself I’d read . This is includes ‘Oranges are not the only fruit’  which I loved . After years of marking A’ level course work on the book, swearing to read it , I finally have.

The next challenge is Hemmingway. A friend who adores the writer lent me ‘A farewell to Arms’. I got off to a slow start, at sea with the strange prose, the lists, the odd use of ‘and’ , then suddenly the narrative kicked in and I was hooked by the ‘ripping yarn’ staying up late to finish the book. So I’ve been busy on Ebay buying up books….much cheaper than handbags …