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arlenefinnigan

Joined September 2016

There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more.
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Memories of a Militant by Annie Kenney
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A Woman's World, 18501960 by Dan Jones, Marina Amaral
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This is a brilliant history of Section 28, the bigotry and homophobia that led to it, the fight against it and its impact and legacy. It‘s very well researched and detailed, and Paul Baker‘s dry sense of humour makes it great fun to read. I really enjoyed this.

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This is a brilliant history of Section 28, the bigotry and homophobia that led to it, the fight against it and its impact and legacy. It‘s very well researched and detailed, and Paul Baker‘s dry sense of humour makes it great fun to read. I really enjoyed this.

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Appointment With Death | Agatha Christie
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4.50 from Paddington | Agatha Christie
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Agatha Christie's Poirot | Agatha Christie
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The Amber Spyglass | Philip Pullman
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Came to Oxford for the weekend to watch Oldham play Oxford City. The match was terrible, but it was absolutely worth it to see Lyra and Will's bench.

thereadingpal Re-reading this series right now. Ah, the feels 5d
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This is a really interesting exploration of th power of women's anger, how it has been historically weaponised against them, and how personally invigorating it can be.

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Aw. Andy got me the Neapolitan novels as pre holiday reading for my birthday.

Ruthiella Happy birthday! 🥳 That cover is great. 👍 The US Europa Editions were so ugly IMO. 3w
BarbaraBB Happy birthday 🎈 3w
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Memories of a Militant | Annie Kenney
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This is an incredibly powerful collection. Roy argues, backed by extensive research, that foreign policy and various attempted 'peace processes' have consolidated the hugely unequal power dynamic between Israel and Palestine, and left Palestine weaker and dependent on aid. She describes how, since 2005, Israel has isolated Gaza from the West Bank, shattered its economy and collectively punished its population. This didn't start on October 7th.

Cuilin Important reading!! We need to face uncomfortable truths or the world will never know peace. 3w
arlenefinnigan @Cuilin absolutely. 3w
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Early birthday present. I have the best friends.

Bookwomble Sorry, I was distracted by the Snorkmaiden ❤️ 4w
arlenefinnigan @Bookwomble perfectly reasonable! 4w
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This is a fascinating exploration of gender identities throughout history and across various cultures, challenging the idea that trans and gender-nonconforming identities are a modern ‘trend‘ or ‘fad‘. You may not agree with everything that Kit Hayem argues, but it‘s thought provoking and incredibly well researched.

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This is a beautifully written memoir, and an enlightening insight into the LGBTQ+ Muslim community we're often led to believe doesn't exist. Lamya describes moving to the Middle East as a child then moving to the USA, how she draws strength from her faith, the pitfalls of dating/'not-dating', and of finding community where she can be her true self.

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#lgbtqhistorymonth🏳️‍🌈

DimeryRene I love this cover!! 2mo
arlenefinnigan @DimeryRene it's pretty cool, isn't it? 2mo
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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? 👍 3mo
arlenefinnigan @Ruthiella absolutely! 2mo
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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) 3mo
TrishB Great review 😘 3mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB ta. Len McCluskey manages to mention Liverpool in every introduction 😉 3mo
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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. 4mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB thanks, I appreciate it x 4mo
Dilara So sorry for your loss. These last few months can't have been easy too. 4mo
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Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 4mo
arlenefinnigan @Dilara thanks xxx yeah, it's been a very difficult time. 4mo
quietlycuriouskate Oh God, that's tough. I am so sorry. 4mo
Ruthiella So sorry to hear that. You have my condolences. ❤️ 4mo
arlenefinnigan @Ruthiella thank you x 4mo
Reggie I‘m so s sorry. 4mo
arlenefinnigan @Reggie thank you x 4mo
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. 3mo
Bookwomble So sorry to hear of your loss, Arlene ♥️ 3mo
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 3mo
arlenefinnigan @Bookwomble thank you x 3mo
CarolynM Thank you. There‘s no good way to loose someone you love. 3mo
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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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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. 4mo
CarolynM All the best to you too💕 4mo
arlenefinnigan @Ruthiella all the best! 4mo
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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 💖 4mo
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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. 4mo
Ruthiella True that! 😢 4mo
arlenefinnigan @keithmalek I've seen a lot a reviews comparing this to A Little Life! So beautifully written but so unremittingly bleak. 4mo
squirrelbrain A Little Life is worse IMO. 4mo
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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. 📚📖 5mo
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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! 5mo
arlenefinnigan @Tamra the illustrations in the Elfie series are lovely. 5mo
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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. 5mo
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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! 5mo
arlenefinnigan @squirrelbrain seriously, FUCK her dad. 5mo
Birdsong28 Totally agree with everything you have said. After I read it I just wanted to go give her a huge hug 🤗 📚📖 5mo
arlenefinnigan @Birdsong28 I know, I really want her to live her best life. 5mo
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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! 5mo
Megabooks That is a gorgeous cover! 5mo
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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. 6mo
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. 6mo
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💕 6mo
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CarolynM 💕 to you and your in-law too, @Balibee146 6mo
Balibee146 Thanks @CarolynM 😘 6mo
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. 😘😘 6mo
Megabooks I‘m dealing with this too. Some days are hard. Sending hugs! 💕💕 6mo
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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. 6mo
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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.