Big Read 2015 book reviews

Big Read 2015 book reviews

The Big Read book list for 2015 was put forth by NWR's Grantham group in keeping with the 2015 theme of Democracy, Liberty and Human Rights. Here are the reviews from our members...

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Thank you letter to Gladstone's Library from our Short Story Competition winner

Thank you letter to Gladstone's Library from our Short Story Competition winner

Thank you for the wonderful prize of two nights' stay at Gladstone Library. I wasn't sure what to expect but it exceeded any expectations I might have had.

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Guest — Julie Berry
I want to stay there myself. .. even more now.
Monday, 23 November 2015 13:13
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From strangers to friends

From strangers to friends

It is nearly five years since my husband and I took the unusual step of inviting strangers into our home for a weekend of cultural exchange, and we’re glad we did. Through a small charity called HOST we have welcomed some delightful international students from across the world and had the unique opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures from the people who grew up in them.

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Liz Valette
I can imagine their excitement of visiting the National Trust's Blickling Hall. I visited for the first time this summer, staying ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 13:54
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Accepting the 2015 Mary Stott Award

Accepting the 2015 Mary Stott Award

In June this year, I was delighted to receive the Mary Stott Award for my play writing. The plays are for all-female casts and are hired by NWR and other women’s groups.

It is wonderful to be able to combine my hobby of writing with raising money for two of my favourite charities. I’d like to thank the NWR groups around the country who hire the plays and keep them circulating by posting them on to each other.

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Julie Berry
The Deepings Group have enjoyed your Plays Linda - the Biscuit one sticks in my mind particularly. The plays make for a super, ent... Read More
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:06
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Ten steps to end loneliness

Ten steps to end loneliness

Talent, financial success, fame and adoration offer no protection from the subjective experience of loneliness. There is nothing inherently problematic about solitude itself. Loneliness isn’t about being alone, it’s about not feeling connected. There is nothing trivial, comical or poignantly romantic about loneliness.

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There's nothing worse than admitting to loneliness, actually coming clean that you are 'Billy no mates'. When you meet people for ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:17
Liz Valette
I've a friend that has bereaved twice losing both husbands to cancer. Even though she has an extensive warm and loving family the ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 14:34
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