The Chiswick Buzz TV Words with Wine Book Club hosted by Diane Chandler




Moondance author Diane Chandler is hosting a Chiswick Buzz TV online ZOOM Book Club. Words with Wine on Wednesday in W4 is every other Wednesday at 6pm.


Wherever you are in the world, if you fancy coming along, the next book up for discussion is Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls:


Enjoy (or not?) the book, then come along to listen/watch or join in the discussion.


Grab a glass of your favourite tipple and a bowl of nibbles and see you there.


TIME:  6pm Wednesday 3 June 2020


PLACE:  ZOOM link to follow.

Review of the Week: The Valley of Heaven and Hell - Cycling in the Shadow of Marie Antoinette

'Funny, fascinating and informative  What a fascinating and at times very funny book. Susie and her husband Terry undertake a cycle trip from Versailles, through Paris and then taking in several towns situated along the Marne valley. Their route follows that taken by Marie Antoinette and Louis XV1 when they fled from Paris, were captured and brought back to face certain death by guillotine. Susie is a wonderful storyteller and there are many laugh out loud moments, though I suspect not always for her! She incorporates the tale of the ill-fated couple as well as giving us other more recent historical facts about the places they visit, some of which are quite harrowing. She has the knack of bringing history to life and she’s certainly done her research, something I like to do as well. From the cover to the end this is a thoroughly enjoyable and informative memoir. There’s plenty to smile at and lots to discover in this super book. ' 142nd UK Amazon review for The Valley of Heaven and Hell - Cycling in the Shadow of Marie Antoinette by Susie Kelly

Review of the Week: Tripping With Jim Morrison & Other Friends

'Full of colour, character and sound. Although the LSD trip with Morrison is one of Lawrence's formative experiences, the book is about a lot more than music, the Doors, drugs or the 1960s. It's a fascinating coming-of-age story covering art, philosophy, music, the cinema, travelling and much more.'   UK Amazon reader on Tripping With Jim Morrison & Other Friends by Michael Lawrence

Review of the Week: Call of an Angel by Patricia O'Toole




Simply beautiful!



A beautifully heartwarming book. Has given hope to someone who has also tried to 'turn her back' on spirituality.' 


UK Amazon reader on Call of an Angel by Patricia O'Toole

Summer equine therapy retreats with The Spell of the Horse author Pam Billinge & her horses

The Spell of the Horse author Pam Billinge is hosting a number of fabulous retreats this summer. If you enjoyed the book, here's a chance to live it with Pam & her horses. 

Pam writes:


"This year I will be hosting a Spell of the Horse retreat from 4-5 September here in France for those who wish to truly sink into the peace and healing spirit of the horse in this beautiful, rural corner of France. I am also excited to be offering a new workshop, The Essence of the Horse, which combines mindfulness with art to create a special kind of connection, in conjunction with equine artist Diana Hand.  

And of course if you wish to have a tailored developmental experience here with the herd I am again offering intensive residentials throughout the spring, summer and autumn subject to availability.

All events are open to both English and French speakers. If you are travelling from England don't be put off by that little stretch of water between us. La Source is only two hours' drive from the ferry port at Caen Ouistrehem, and an hour by train from Paris by TGV (travel to Le Mans where pick up can be arranged, ask for a quote).

I am delighted also to confirm that I will be running a 5-day workshop 'Horses, Sense and Soul - A Spiritual Journey' at the Findhorn Foundation near Forres in Scotland with my colleagues Lindsay Fovargue and Marja Kuijer. This programme is held lovingly within this inspiring community and brings great depth both within the group process and individually. "


Full details and booking at Pam's website

Read Pam's latest blog post, Self Compassion in the Presence of the Herd here:

Pam and Ruby
Pam and Ruby

Patricia O'Toole #1 and #2 at top of angel books chart

Review of the Week: The Spell of the Horse by Pam Billinge