It’s all about the books…

I’ve found reading one of the greatest escapes in these current times. My New Year’s resolution was to read as many books as I could from my bookshelf. Little did I realise I’d be granted the time to do so! Having never really read Orwell before – bar an attempt at 1984 when I was way too young – I read Keep The Aspidistra Flying and couldn’t quite believe how accessible it was. I’m guilty of shying away from anything I think is going to be hard work and it shamed me into realising my mistake! On that note, I read Pachinko which my mum gave me and has sat on my bookshelf unread for a while. But oh my god, I LOVED it. And still miss the characters now. Years ago, I bought The Thorn Birds from a car boot sale with the most amazing classic cover. TBH, I bought it for the cover rather than to read it, but I’m on the last few pages now and so pleased I didn’t let it sit on the shelf forgotten.

I haven’t stuck purely to the resolution, however. My shopaholic tendencies have been steered from browsing the TKMaxx and Hennes aisles to Waterstones.com, thehive.com and my lovely local bookshop, The Open Book, who are rustling me up a copy of Alexandra Shulman’s Clothes and Other Things That Matter. I love a book that’s hit the headlines, and I’ve just finished Such a Fun Age which had me gripped. As did American Dirt. And Daisy Jones and the Six was a refreshingly unique interlude. Yesterday a new box arrived on the doorstep packed with goodies including The Binding, Uprooted and a jigsaw (don’t get me started on my new OBSESSION with jigsaws!)

Lots of little things come together to create good things in troubled times. As well as reading, these have been mine:

The smell of Aesop geranium leaf body cleanser that I was given ages ago and saved for ‘best’. Well now seemed like a GREAT time for indulgence.

The family-walk ritual which is always to the same patch of parkland where we’ve flown a kite in the wind, fished unsuccessfully with a twig and a piece of nylon thread, collected too many pine cones and stared up at the clear blue sky.

Listening to Masterclass while doing the afore mentioned jigsaw and drinking a well-earned glass of post-homeschool wine.

Clapping on a Thursday for the wonderful NHS and seeing all the neighbours out on the road or on their balconies, the kids in their pyjamas bashing saucepans and drums. It’s amazing.

I’d love to hear what’s getting you through the day at the moment. What are you loving? What books are you reading?

Don’t forget, you can preorder THE SUMMER WE RAN AWAY now. It’s out in June. And CHELSEA HIGH, my debut young adult book, is out in August. Both perfect escapist reading 😉

Lots of love. Stay safe.

Jenny x

Lots of book news…

The paperback of The House We Called Home has hit the shelves. So if you’re looking for something to read in the sunshine this weekend then head to Sainsbury’s to get your copy in their Recommended For You promotion.

To celebrate publication there’s a fab blog tour and a Twitter competition run by @HQStories. You have to say what makes a house a home and there have been such lovely answers so far. For me it’s all about family and all my knickknacks! Pop over to Twitter and let us know what you think makes a house a home.

As always, I’d love to know what you think when you’ve finished the book so do come back here and let me know your thoughts.

Happy reading!

Jenny x

Loads of news today! 

 

IMG_0264For all those who were waiting with baited breath to see if anything grew in my new little garden, you’ll be VERY excited to find out that it did! There are flowers everywhere and I water them with a constant panicked watchful eye. More pics below.

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Secondly, The House We Called Home, my brand-new summer book has gone into the great Kindle Summer sale and is currently a bargainous 99p. You don’t even have to wait you’re on holiday to read it seeing as we’re living one long hot summer right now. Download, enjoy and be sure to let me know what you think!

Almost as exciting, loads of my other books are also currently 99p, so you can have a Jenny Oliver bingefest, if you so desire. It’s too hot to be inside watching TV anyway, much better to be sitting outside with a book 😉

Jenny xx

Here’s how the garden’s looking…

 

My New Little Garden

I moved house recently and have a garden for the very first time. It’s titchy and was covered in ivy which we spent hours hacking down. I have no idea what’s growing in it – what I thought was a weed is actually honeysuckle. There’s a toad the size of a baby rabbit living under a rock and more snails than it’s possible to count. But I’ve become quite obsessed with cultivating this little patch and have spent amounts of money in Squires Garden Centre that I can’t even justify in And Other Stories!

The result is this…

A huge cold water tank of earth. And a sink to match. (I can claim no credit for the already growing green-leafed plants which were the handy work of the people at Squires).

You can’t see it but there are a million different types of bulbs and seeds in these two containers. My money is under that soil. 98% of me thinks not a lot is going to happen. 2% (which is secretly dominant) thinks I’m going to get a riotous cascade of colour and blooms to rival anything I was forced to watch on Gardeners’ World as a child.

I thought you might be interested in sharing this journey. (If not, at the least you can snigger when nothing happens). And I will report back to all of you waiting with baited breath…

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The Great Christmas Make-Over!

It’s all very exciting and Christmassy – The Little Christmas Kitchen has had a fab makeover and will be hitting the shelves of your local Sainsbury’s from November 16th! Of course, if you can’t wait that long then you can always order a copy online 😉
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The Little Christmas Kitchen is a real favourite of mine. All my memories from childhood holidays to Greece sit side by side with all my favourite moments of a Christmas in London. It’s the story of two sisters who swap lives (and countries) over the festive season and find themselves, their dreams and even possibly their hearts along the way! Enjoy xx

 

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99p…What a bargain!

The sun is shining. The birds aren’t singing, as far as I can tell. The aeroplanes are flying overhead. It’s officially summer. And to celebrate, The Summerhouse by the Sea is only 99p! Wow, what a bargain.

Download a copy, pretend you’re working and secretly have a read on your phone/ computer/ Kindle 😉 Enjoy the sunshine x

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