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14 January

Book of the day

Amanda Robson
(UK: Avon, 2017)

Two couples. A doctor’s surgery. A killer obsession. Who’s telling the truth?

One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could? It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life.

Carly and Rob are a happy couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends?

Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine, or via Amazon (Obsession)

uclc-lettersFacts of the day

14 January

1914 Henry Ford introduces an assembly line for the production of Model T car.

New Year

It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions, and people all over the world have been breaking them ever since. The early Christians believed the first day of the new year should be spent reflecting on past mistakes and resolving to improve oneself in the new year.


Gadsby was written by Ernest Vincent Wright in 1939. The 50,000 word novel doesn’t contain the letter ‘e’.

Writers birthdays

1798 Isaac da Costa (Netherlands)
1817 Harmen Sytstra (Netherlands)
1818 Zachris Topelius (Finland)
1850 Pierre Loti (France)
1861 Wilhelm von Polenz (Germany)
1868 Catharina Anna Maria de Savornin Lohman (Netherlands)
1874 Thornton Burgess (USA)
1878 Victor Segalen (France)
1882 Hendrik Willem van Loon (Netherlands)
1886 Hugh Lofting (UK)
1895 G R Samways (UK)
1896 John dos Passos (USA)
1898 Carlos Romulo (Philippines)
1902 F C Terborgh (Netherlands)
1905 Emily Hahn (USA)
1911 Anatoly Rybakov (Russia)
1912 Tillie Olsen (USA)
1916 John Oliver Killens (USA)
1925 Yukio Mishima (Japan)
1926 Mahasweta Devi (India)
1949 Mary Robison (USA)
1952 Sydney Biddle Barrows (USA)
1952 Maureen Dowd (USA)
1957 Anchee Min (China)
1963 Steven Soderbergh (USA)

Jokes of the day

Google+ is the gym of social networking. We all join, but nobody actually uses it.

Cartoon: Randy Glasbergen, Cartoons on women’s fitness, Glasbergen Cartoon Service

Quote of the day

Robert Maynard Hutchins: ‘Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes.’