Adventure · Bestsellers · Comedy · TV series

Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm – Jeremy Clarkson ★★★★

Blurb; Pull on your wellies, grab your flat cap and join Jeremy Clarkson in this hilarious and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the farm we’re all obsessed with.
Welcome to Clarkson’s farm.

An idyllic spot offering picturesque views across the Cotswolds, bustling hedgerows and natural springs, it’s the perfect plot of land for someone to delegate the actual, you know, farming to someone else while he galivants around the world in cars.

Until one day, Jeremy decided he would do the farming itself.

After all, how hard could it be? . . .

Faced with suffocating red tape, biblical weather, local objections, a global pandemic and his own frankly staggering ignorance of how to ‘do farming’, Jeremy soon realises that turning the farm around is going to take more than splashing out on a massive tractor.

Fortunately, there’s help at hand from a large and (mostly) willing team, including girlfriend Lisa, Kaleb the Tractor Driver, Cheerful Charlie, Ellen the Shepherd and Gerald, his Head of Security and Dry Stone Waller.

Between them, they enthusiastically cultivate crops, rear livestock and hens, keep bees, bottle spring water and open a farm shop. But profits remain elusive.

And yet while the farm may be called Diddly Squat for good reason, Jeremy soon begins to understand that it’s worth a whole lot more to him than pounds, shillings and pence . . .

My review; I’ve always been a huge fan of Jeremy Clarkson in top gear, grand tour and now his own farm series over on Amazon which I enjoyed and thought it was hilarious. So imagine me seeing him bringing out a book about it too. Its basically everything that was shown in series one of his farm series with a few bits I don’t remember being in the show. Each chapter is written just how Jeremy would speak it himself. So parts had me laughing away while reading. But it’s a very interesting read. I’m not one to read about farms usually but put Jeremy Clarkson running it I’m interested. He’s blunt. Honest. Funny and he tells everything as it is. I actually learnt a lot about farming through his program and this book so he made me aware of several things. A brilliant read. An easy, short read at just over 200 pages. A well deserved four stars.

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Short Stories

Paper Boat, Paper Bird – David Almond ★★★★

Blurb; A stunning new story from the bestselling, prize-winning David Almond, unfolding the magic of the everyday. Mina, from the unforgettable Skellig and My Name is Mina, journeys to Japan and discovers the wonders of the world around her.

Kyoto, Japan. Mina is on a bus. Everything is strange and beautiful.

Mina watches as a woman folds a piece of paper into an origami boat, then floats it over to her.

As Mina discovers the magic of origami, her eyes are opened to the wonders of the real city around her.

Unfold the magic of the everyday, on a journey with one of the world’s best-loved authors – with stunning illustrations from Kirsti Beautyman in black and orange throughout.

My Review; This is a beautiful short story. Simple yet beautiful. Gorgeously illustrated throughout. An easy, quick read. Loved the story. How a little thing can turn into a big thing and come back around to find you. Amazing. Delicate. A well deserved four stars from me. A perfect read for younger children too.

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crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · Young adult

Good Girl, Bad Blood – Holly Jackson ★★★★★

Blurb; Pip is not a detective anymore.

With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared, on the very same night the town hosted a memorial for the sixth-year anniversary of the deaths of Andie Bell and Sal Singh.

The police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time everyone is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late?

My Review; This is book two in the Good Girls Guide to Murder trilogy. Now these must be read in order as the start of this book follows straight on from book one so does contain alot of spoilers. I forgot how much I enjoyed book one and I loved this book just as much and cannot wait to see what happens in book three already. I devoured the majority of this book in one day. Gripping. Thrilling. Kept me guessing until the end and I never would have guessed it. Jaw dropping. Shocking. I loved it all! Huge twist. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend.

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