Tuesday, 19 September 2017
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The Blood of FlowersThis is an absorbing story knitting its path through many ancient tales. Unfolding rhythmically, it takes us into the Middle Eastern world of carpet weaving. Threaded with colour and mystery, you will become entranced as you soak up the story of this nameless girl growing up in 17th century Iran.

As predicted by a spectacular comet, her once promising destiny is shattered when her father dies, leaving her and her mother to be taken in as servants by a distant uncle. She is forced into a loveless secret marriage and faced with a bleak future, until she learns wisdom and responsibility.

Enduring Love by Ian McEwanThe book opens with a pair of reunited lovers embarking on a romantic picnic in the countryside.  Their happiness is short lived, however, as Joe, the narrator of the story, becomes involved, along with others at the scene, in trying to prevent a hot air balloon  breaking loose from its moorings, carrying away its child passenger.  

Though the child is unharmed, the incident ends tragically and the rest of the book is concerned with the aftermath of the event and most notably with the, ultimately dangerous, obsession that one of the other rescuers develops for Joe.  How Joe deals with this obsession and the effect  it has on his relationship throws up many questions and dilemmas throughout the book.

The Plimsoll SensationIn 1995, Nicolette moved to Plimsoll Road in north London. Her local pub. The “ Plimsoll” had a picture of a red trainer pasted over the original sign. When a new owner changed the name she rescued the old sign and uncovered its illustration of a ship, sparking her curiosity about the man it commemorated: Samuel Plimsoll “The Seaman’s Friend”.

Victorian seamen needed all the friends they could get. Ship-owners overloaded vessels increasing profits at the risk of seaman’s lives, and “coffin ships” were notorious— insured for more than their true value and more profitable if they sank. Captains who refused to sail in such ships were blacklisted and seamen were jailed.