Sunday, July 02, 2017
Bedtime Reading - The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
I recently read The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (had to speed read as it was a 7-day loan from the library, but in any event, it was one of those unputdownable (is that a word?) books that you have to race through. The story is based in Switzerland and covers the period from 1937 to 2002. A young Swiss boy meets a Jewish refugee of his own age in Infants' school and develops a lifelong relationship with his family. I won't divulge the development of the plot. Sufficient to say that the themes are love, loyalty, compassion, and betrayal. The last page was very moving and brought tears to my eyes.
I have also been reading The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray, after seeing him involved in a television debate. It's non-fiction, a heavy tome that addresses the issues associated with uncontrolled migration to our very small island. Controversial, but food for thought.
The cookery writer Elizabeth David said that every cook should know how to make soda bread. And now I do. I watched James Martin make it on ...
I think that this recipe is ideal for young people living away from home for the first time and just learning to cook on a budget. It's...