book of the week – Love and summer By William Trevor

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In spare, exquisite prose, William Trevor presents a haunting love story about the choices of the heart, and the passions and frustrations of three lives during one long summer. Ellie is a shy orphan girl from the hill country, married to a man whose life has been blighted by an unspeakable tragedy. She lives a quiet life in the Irish village of Rathmoye, until she meets Florian Kilderry, a young photographer preparing to leave Ireland and his past forever. The chance intersection of these two lost souls sets in motion a poignant love affair that requires Ellie to make an impossible choice.

Book of the week – the laid back guide to exams and stress

This is a great quick read which gives you tips on how to tailor your revision to your personality type (I love a personality test!). Find out which animal clan you belong to and then start reducing the stress in your life.

Take the stress out of exam season!

-Mrs Ash

 

Book of the week – The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

 

This novel is a moving portrait of growing up in Alaska. From coastal rainforests to the salmon fishing grounds and on to the vast interior of Alaska, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock follows the lives of teenagers who struggle against great odds to believe in themselves, redefine their ideas of family, and find each other.

Book of the week – ‘How to develop a brilliant memory week by week’ by Dominic O’Brien

How to develop a brilliant memory

Follow in the footsteps of the memory Master to make your memory bigger, better and sharper week by week.

Eight times World Memory Champion Dominic O’Brien offers his complete course in memory enhancement – taking you step by step through an ingenious programme of skills. Dominic shares all his tried and tested techniques on which he has built his triumphant championship performances.

Book of the week – Hidden Figures

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GENIUS HAS NO RACE.

STRENGTH HAS NO GENDER.

COURAGE HAS NO LIMIT.

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in Space.

Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these ‘coloured computers’ used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.Moving from World War II through NASA’s golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women’s rights movement, ‘Hidden Figures’ interweaves a rich history of mankind’s greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world.

Book of the Week – ‘Utopia for Realists’ by Rutger Bregman

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Two-thirds of Americans report that they would take two extra weeks of vacation above two extra weeks of salary, and half of all business professionals report that their jobs offer no “meaning or significance.” And after working all day at jobs we hate, we buy things we don’t need. In ‘Utopia for realists’, Dutch historian and journalist Rutger Bregman reminds us it needn’t be this way. A manifesto full of intentionality and pragmatism, Bregman’s book centers on three central utopic ideas: a 15-hour workweek, a “universal basic income”, no strings attached, and open borders throughout the globe. Though the claims might seem fanciful at first, UTOPIA FOR REALISTS provides numerous examples of successful experiments with “free money”, such as Mincome in 1970s Canada, and experiments in giving homeless people a financial foundation. The theory among detractors is that free money will make people be lazy and work less. But in fact, employment is necessary for virtually everyone’s happiness.

 

‘Bregman combines deep research with wit, challenging us to think anew ablut how we want to live and who we want to be

Philipp Blomm author of The Vertigo Years