Julia Webb-Harvey

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March 2016

Like being in ‘Groundhog Day’

I managed to ignore the screams of the  gulls that gathered on the  rooftop of Castaways just before first light. They couldn’t peel me out from the layers of slumber. Not long after, with the tide high in the creek and reasonable light, the… Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, by Alexander McCall Smith

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine is the latest (number 16) in the beloved series The Ladies No.1 Detective Agency, and Mma Ramotswe must contend with her greatest challenge yet – a holiday. Mma Ramotswe allows herself to be manipulated… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Walking Away by Simon Armitage

Walking Away is the ‘sequel’ to Walking Home, (which I have not read), where Armitage set up a kind of experiment to see if he could live off his wits as a travelling poet and pay his way, walking home… Continue Reading →

On being in hospital…

I was in hospital for a total of three weeks. That’s a long time for anyone to be in hospital. You have to be pretty ill to be in hospital for that length of time, and yet in my own… Continue Reading →

Book Review: A Kestrel for a Knave, by Barry Hines

Set in Yorkshire in the 1960s, A Kestrel for a Knave is a day in the life of Billy Casper. Billy is a boy about to leave school, destined for work in the pit, like his half-brother Jud. Billy comes… Continue Reading →

Book Review: July’s People, by Nadine Gordiner

July’s People is the 1981 published novel, in an imagined situation of anti-apartheid South Africa that descends into civil war. The white, liberal Smales are rescued by their servant, July, and taken to his village for protection, where they must… Continue Reading →

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