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arlenefinnigan

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#lgbtqhistorymonth🏳️‍🌈

DimeryRene I love this cover!! 7d
arlenefinnigan @DimeryRene it's pretty cool, isn't it? 7d
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This is as brilliant and funny as I hoped it would be. Rob Delaney is a superb writer, and hearing him relate his life story with brutal honesty (graphically and hilariously so when describing a range of bodily functions) is so enjoyable.

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He Used to Be Me | Anne Walsh Donnelly
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Book post is best post

Ruthiella It does give a little contact high, doesn‘t it? 👍 2w
arlenefinnigan @Ruthiella absolutely! 2w
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This is a brilliant book. A beautiful, vivid portrait of the visceral pain of grief, and of the joy of learning to love life again.

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Poetry for the Many: An Anthology | Len McCluskey, Jeremy Corbyn
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This is a brilliant collection. Powerful, radical, eclectic. There are a lot of classics that you'll probably be familiar with here (I don't recommend reading Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas in a cafe a week after you've watched a parent die btw) but, like all good anthologies, there were new discoveries that I want to follow up.

arlenefinnigan From Moss Side: For Morris by Carla Henry made me want to read more of Carla Henry's work and to find out more about Olive Elaine Morris, and Welling by Hannah Lowe is so evocative, I definitely need to read more of her work. And Jeremy Corbyn is a much better poet than you might think. (he is, shut up) 1mo
TrishB Great review 😘 1mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB ta. Len McCluskey manages to mention Liverpool in every introduction 😉 1mo
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Poetry for the Many: An Anthology | Len McCluskey, Jeremy Corbyn
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Sometimes poetry and vodka is the only thing that's gonna make you feel any better #BooksAndBooze

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Poetry for the Many: An Anthology | Len McCluskey, Jeremy Corbyn
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Oof. This poem is hitting hard right now. My mum passed away last Saturday after being ill for a few months with lung cancer and my God, did she rage against the dying of the light.

TrishB Sorry to hear about your Mum 💔 take care. 2mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB thanks, I appreciate it x 2mo
Dilara So sorry for your loss. These last few months can't have been easy too. 2mo
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Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 2mo
arlenefinnigan @Dilara thanks xxx yeah, it's been a very difficult time. 2mo
quietlycuriouskate Oh God, that's tough. I am so sorry. 2mo
Ruthiella So sorry to hear that. You have my condolences. ❤️ 2mo
arlenefinnigan @Ruthiella thank you x 2mo
Reggie I‘m so s sorry. 2mo
arlenefinnigan @Reggie thank you x 2mo
CarolynM I‘m so sorry, Arlene💕 I‘ve not been around much lately and have only just seen this. My mother has dementia which frequently makes her paranoid and aggressive. We have been thinking of it as her raging against the dying of the light. 1mo
Bookwomble So sorry to hear of your loss, Arlene ♥️ 1mo
arlenefinnigan @CarolynM I'm so sorry to hear that. Dementia's a horrible illness, especially for the loved ones caring for someone with it x 1mo
arlenefinnigan @Bookwomble thank you x 1mo
CarolynM Thank you. There‘s no good way to loose someone you love. 1mo
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Redundant Butties | Shaun Fallows
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Another brilliant collection from Shaun Fallows. Witty, honest, often funny reflections on the frustrations of managing in a world built for able bodied people, politics, loneliness, the forthcoming robot war, and the Rothwell incident. Thought provoking and good fun.
(by the way Shaun, rugby was NOT better when Wigan used to win the league every year, I sincerely hope those days aren't returning.)

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Poetry for the Many: An Anthology | Len McCluskey, Jeremy Corbyn
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Awwwww. I asked Andy to get me this but I didn't think he would, we're VERY opposite politically and he's not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn and Len McCluskey. All the best everyone, I hope you got the books you wanted xxx

Ruthiella Happy Holidays! It‘s lovely to get a book you really wanted. 2mo
CarolynM All the best to you too💕 2mo
arlenefinnigan @Ruthiella all the best! 2mo
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Oh God, this is such a beautiful, heartbreaking book. A visceral outpouring of grief and love.

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New e-book from the library

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Awful weekend again, but at least I finished three books and I get to start three new ones today. New week, new books.

Bookwomble Sorry to hear your weekend's been awful, Arlene. I hope the week picks up for you 💖 2mo
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This is a sweet, charming retelling of A Christmas Carol. Good, heartwarming, festive fun.

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Elfie Season 3 | Gabrielle DuBois
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Oh, Elfie. So young, so feisty, so full of joie de vivre, but still so much to learn. This is another beautifully written, charming episode in her adventures with Angus King, and the illustrations are as beautiful as ever.

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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Oof. This is brilliantly written but my God it's bleak.

keithmalek I just finished reading "A Little Life" by Hanya Yananihara. Do your best! Nothing will faze me now. 2mo
Ruthiella True that! 😢 2mo
arlenefinnigan @keithmalek I've seen a lot a reviews comparing this to A Little Life! So beautifully written but so unremittingly bleak. 2mo
squirrelbrain A Little Life is worse IMO. 2mo
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#ReadHarder challenge 24: a book you know nothing about based solely on the cover.

Birdsong28 You should read it!! It's really good. 📚📖 3mo
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This is a brilliant memoir. Sylvia Patterson describes her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in unflinching detail, and is brutally honest about how she felt, and how the pandemic made a horrible situation worse. She also reflects on the perspective the experience gave her, and her appreciation for her loved ones and the joys in life. Funny, moving, and a surprising amount of snooker chat.

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Tamra Love that illustration! 3mo
arlenefinnigan @Tamra the illustrations in the Elfie series are lovely. 3mo
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The World's War | David Olusoga
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This is a brilliant, wide-ranging book, telling the forgotten (or deliberately airbrushed) story of the millions of colonial and non-white troops who served in World War One, the patronising and racist attitudes they encountered, and how the backlash against them fed into the ideology and rise of the Nazis in Germany and the terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan in the USA.

arlenefinnigan It's meticulously well researched, but David Olusoga's engaging (and often funny) style makes it really enjoyable to read. 3mo
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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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This is a fascinating story. Having been celebrity gossip fodder for most of the 21st century, it's great that Britney Spears is finally getting to tell her own story. The emotional & financial abuse her family inflicted on her is shocking, and I've never understood how, if she was so unwell that she couldn't be allowed to see her kids or access her own money, she could be forced to work. Oh & Justin Timberlake and Kevin Federline are utter dicks.

squirrelbrain I just finished this about an hour ago and I agree with your thoughts entirely! 3mo
arlenefinnigan @squirrelbrain seriously, FUCK her dad. 3mo
Birdsong28 Totally agree with everything you have said. After I read it I just wanted to go give her a huge hug 🤗 📚📖 3mo
arlenefinnigan @Birdsong28 I know, I really want her to live her best life. 3mo
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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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This is a remarkable, sinister book. As always with fantasy/magical realism, I struggled a bit getting my head round what was going on ("so is she hallucinating and/or mentally ill, or has she actually given birth to an owl baby?"), but it's brilliantly written and really gripping. A dark, unsettling parable of the violence and brutality and motherhood and caregiving.

Tamra I have this on my shelf - I‘ll bump it up! 3mo
Megabooks That is a gorgeous cover! 3mo
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Went to bed at 1.45am. Awake again at 5.45am. Looking after a sick parent must be what having kids is like.

The lack of sleep is probably why I found this sentence so unfathomably funny.

TrishB Hope all works out with your parent ♥️ it is very similar-I‘ve done both. 4mo
Balibee146 I've done both too, currently looking after an in-law with heart disease and dementia as well. It is similar to the 24/7 of childcare and can drain your wellbeing too on every front. Wishing you and your parent all the best. 4mo
CarolynM Yep, very like. I feel you, I am still reeling from being the aged carer and then the transition into residential care. Hope your parent‘s situation improves and that you get more sleep tonight💕 4mo
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CarolynM 💕 to you and your in-law too, @Balibee146 4mo
Balibee146 Thanks @CarolynM 😘 4mo
julesG Hope your parent feels better soon. Try to get as much as rest as possible. Remember the oxygen-mask information on a plane, you need to take care of yourself before helping others. And yes, I know it's hard to do when you're right in the middle of the situation, but keep it in mind. Care work is tough. 😘😘 4mo
Megabooks I‘m dealing with this too. Some days are hard. Sending hugs! 💕💕 4mo
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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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Spooky Halloween read

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squirrelbrain I‘ve just started listening to this. Wasn‘t intending to, but it appeared on BorrowBox on audio with no-one waiting. The digital print copy is reserved until about May next year. 4mo
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This is a really sweet, funny, quirky book. Highly recommend listening on audio because Jarvis Cocker is as lovely and charming as ever.

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This is a beautiful, funny, moving book. Jo Caulfield gives an unflinching, heartfelt account of her sister's illness and death, and doesn't shy away from how inconvenient and intrusive grief is, and how difficult family relationships can be, as well as the joy of them. Part of the proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Care so you should definitely buy it.

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6A BLACKSTOCK GARDENS. | GERRY. POTTER
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This is brilliant, a heartfelt love letter to Gerry's family and the community he grew up in. It's viscerally evocative of both the unbearable grief and loss his family suffered in his childhood, and of the joy and camaraderie he was surrounded by. Made me dead homesick.

TrishB Oh this looks good! 4mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB it's brilliant, you'll love it. Think News From Nowhere has it! 4mo
TrishB 👍🏻 Will have a look. 4mo
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The Girl from Krakow | Alex Rosenberg
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This just wasn't for me. The epic scope of the book is ambitious and the author has clearly done an impressive amount of research, but I found it difficult to follow and some of the writing was icky to be honest.

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The World's War | David Olusoga
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Wow. This book is amazing. The protagonist, June Hayward/Juniper Song, is...... Quite something. Unreliable, complex, unlikeable and likeable and relatable and awful. And if you're a fan of a twisty plot, this is definitely the book for you. There is SO much going on here.

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The Trumpeter of Krakow | Eric P. Kelly
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This is a lovely charming book, both a gripping historical adventure and a love letter to the city of Kraków. Some of the descriptions of the characters are a bit (ahem) 'of their time' but it's also really beautifully written and illustrated. Given that it was written in 1926, and what Poland has suffered since then, the final line - "May it bring in an epoch of peace to all men!" - is heartbreaking.

arlenefinnigan Highly recommend reading this if you're visiting Kraków - I read it on the flight here, and after reading this, it was quite the experience hearing the trumpeter for the first time. 5mo
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The Trumpeter of Krakow | Eric P. Kelly
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6A BLACKSTOCK GARDENS. | GERRY. POTTER
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I hear you G

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6A BLACKSTOCK GARDENS. | GERRY. POTTER
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Yiirrss look who's here

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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Next up. Looks like an uplifting feel-good read. #BooksAndBooze #InappropriateHashtagForThisBook

Karisa 😬👏👏👏 5mo
Ruthiella Ooof! 😬 5mo
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This is a brilliant collection. Gerry's poems evoke and reflect on the joy and pain of life in his unique Scouse voice. Me and my family are going through a really crappy time at the moment and this book was exactly what I needed. This is what poetry should be. Can't wait to read 6A Blackstock Gardens. #BooksAndBooze

squirrelbrain Sorry you‘re having a tough time. 5mo
arlenefinnigan @squirrelbrain ta. Life's life, innit x 5mo
Ruthiella ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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"Love makes us God-sized,
loss bigger"
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I hear you G.

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Variations | JULIET. JACQUES
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This is a brilliant collection. Juliet Jacques gives a potted history of the experience of trans people in the UK and Ireland through short stories set across over a century, from the Victorian era to the present day. I really enjoyed the different forms and styles of the stories, ranging from a series of letters in 1939 to a blog set in 2014. Highly recommend this.

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Rememberings | Sinad O'Connor
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This is a brilliant, unflinching memoir. Sinead O'Connor describes her turbulent childhood, her passion for music and her difficult relationship with the music industry, her mental health struggles, motherhood and her spiritual journey. For all her troubles, it's really striking how funny and down to earth she was. It's incredibly poignant reading this knowing that both she and her son have since passed away. Rest in power, Sinead.