Monthly Archives: November 2015

17. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis (100 book challenge)

I reserved this book online from our local library. When it was time to pick it up, I took my 2-year-old son along and he chose a couple of picture books while we were there.

When I took the books to the counter to get scanned, the librarian snatched them off me, then proceeded to huff and puff and click the computer mouse and sigh. Finally she spoke:

‘When you reserved this book,’ – held up The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – ‘you did it under your library card. You really should have used your son’s card because it’s such a muck around for me to change it over to his name to check it out.’

She thrust the books towards me and turned to do something else.

lion witch wardrobe cover

Did I have the heart to tell her this book was actually for me?

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ABC Open 500 words – What I was wearing

For this month’s ABC Open 500 word challenge (‘What I was wearing’) I go back to 2006 to a trip to Thailand where I was certainly not dressed well for a scooter ride in the remote mountains of Ko Tao.

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Young love (Friday Fictioneers)


Image by Sandra Crook at

Young love is an extraordinary thing.

She held the picnic basket, full of fresh-baked bread just for him. He carried two pieces of cardboard.

It was her favourite spot. It was his first time.

They sat on one piece each at the top of the grassy slope.

‘Johnny, the picnic spot’s just at that first rock. So don’t go sliding all the way down the-’

They probably should’ve discussed it earlier.

By the time Johnny made it back up he was sweaty, red-faced and significantly less attractive. She noticed her bread had gone stale.

Young love is an extraordinary thing.


Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle each week where writers from around the world post 100 word stories based on a common photo prompt. For more information, and to read other stories, visit Rochelle’s page here.


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16. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons (100 book challenge)

Before I started this book, I had a good look at the front cover.

cold comfort farm cover

The words at the bottom caught my attention: ‘Probably the funniest book ever written – SUNDAY TIMES’.

I needed a good laugh. My previous two books had been Great Expectations and Catch 22, which although had their funny moments, they dealt with such serious topics it was impossible to call them funny books.

So I started at page one, and waited with bated breath for hilarity to ensue.

And I waited. And waited.

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