How many times have you been so engrossed in a book that you simply don’t want it to end? Well, if you like portals, gateways, mystery, ghosts, magic, forces of evil and romance you will remain captivated throughout 10 wonderful books brilliantly written by E.E. Holmes.
First comes the Gateway trilogy where you will meet Jess Ballard. Jess Ballard is a young girl who, having grown up with a single alcoholic mother is sent to live with relatives that she is unfamiliar with. Jess’s mother has died and she is now having to start a new life and to attend a new school. At school she makes one very good friend but she also comes across people who are not actually of this world and should not be visible to her.
The story moves on to gateways for lost souls, evil in the form of Necromancers, allies called Durupinen and family whom she should never have been parted from.
There is excitement and fear as Jess travels backwards and forwards between America and the United States.
There are castles, Romany Camps, a health resort and a spooky shop that all hold secrets. Like all good fantasy reads there is also a prophecy that Jess is a part of and will only be fulfilled by the end of all of the books.
These books are a real treat for that ” I can’t put it down” feeling. They are all available to read for free at Kindle Unlimited on Amazon or can be bought from there for £6.99 each.
The historic Kensington pub where Dickens and DH Lawrence used to drink
A traditional pub in South Kensington, famous for being patronised by Charles Dickens (who lived on this street at number 11 for a while) and DH Lawrence.
Even now it is a pub that is often packed with people in the evening and you won’t always find a seat if you don’t eat. If you want to experience the atmosphere of a historic pub but without the crowds, you can do it in the afternoon when you will also find a seat.
The pub also offers food and has a garden for nice days or you could go downstairs where you can find tables to eat in an area not too crowded. To get there you have to find a side door. The menu is typical of a pub, but if you are passing through and want to have traditional fish & chips or a pie with a pint of beer, this is a great place to do it. It is not far from the museums of South Kensington so we are in an area where many tourists will be passing through.
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A bookshop that sells books for the visually impaired opens in Paris
Two French publishing houses have opened a specialized bookshop in Paris, in the Pantheon area, called the “Librairie des grands caractères”, a way to grant even the visually impaired the luxury of a walk among books. And the sensual pleasure of touching and breathing paper.
Customers are those who suffer from vision-related problems, due to disease or age and we are talking of over a million people in a country like France.
And these books are specialò the paper is made so as not to dazzle, the line spacing is studied, the contrast is never excessive, even and the character is not that of traditional books but an ad hoc one, called Luciole.
One more reason not to abandon reading on paper is, in the case of some totally or partially reversible eye diseases, its important rehabilitative power for sight.
Unfortunately the catalogue of books for visually impaired people is still very limited, it has only about 600 titles.
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