These are non fiction books I have read, loved and recommend

In alphabetical order

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Finding My Way - Karen Honnor

Karen moves from moments of angst to zen in her account of personal discovery - written with humour and searing honesty, as she invites us to join her finding her way through motherhood, midlife and menopause. Her inspiring commentary on life as a middle-aged woman in the 21st century, has a reflective writing style that involves the reader and is a no holds barred look at modern life. Writer and blogger who bakes and loves a stage, Karen has always loved a hat and here she wears many - wife, mother and career woman. Karen uses her writing to explore the difficulties inherent in juggling her many roles and is bold enough to speak out about her confidence issues and mental health. She may not have all the answers yet but is looking at the path ahead with a determination to succeed and a little more sass in her step.

My Review

There was a lot for me to relate to in this book. I took my time to read it because it made me think. The brave honesty of the author touched me and made me reflect a little. There is a danger in life that we live on automatic pilot, sometimes we need to stop, look around and see where we go from here. Karen Honnor has taken big steps which from my perspective are paying off. This book will connect with a lot of people who will sit and nod just like me. Bravo Karen.


The Story of the Forest - Andy Seed

Did you know that, over time, the Forest of Dean has been:

  • Home to wolves and bears

  • Invaded by Romans

  • The main source of Britain’s iron

  • A place without towns and villages

  • Hunted in by kings

  • Nearly empty of woodland

  • The scene of battles and riots

  • Protected to make ships for the Royal Navy

  • Full of noise, smoking chimneys and children working in deep, dark mines

Here is the rich and startling story of ‘The Vurrest’, complete with cave lions, buried treasure, forts, castles, secret factories, tunnels, prisoners of war and Harry Potter. If you want to know more, pick up a copy here ...

For children, teachers, Foresters, and everyone interested in the history of this special place.

Written by award-winning local children's author, Andy Seed, and illustrated by Ursula Hurst, the book is a good family read which adults will also enjoy. Production of the book was funded by the Foresters’ Forest, National Lottery Heritage funded landscape partnership programme.

My Review

My butty likes brevetting in this place called the Forest of Dean. What am I talking about? I am using Forest Dialect (I don't know much as you can see!) which I learned from reading this book. It's a very interesting book which takes you through from 9000 BC to the present day. Although it is written about the Forest of Dean a lot of the content would also apply to other parts of the country as it is, like all history, about people and their lives. This is a children's history of the Forest of Dean but aren't we all kids anyway? Just some of us have more experience than others. I think anyone would enjoy this colourful, easy to read, relatable book. Highly recommended.Translation in case you are interested - My butty (friend) likes brevetting (wandering about) the Forest of Dean.