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Diary Of Hercules – Day 2
2024-02-21 05:58
The Hydra at Lerna was the second of my labours. I headed over to Lerna with orders to kill the monster. When I arrived, the Hydra was crying. It had just been to the dentist and been told t… Read More
Book Review – Other Paths To Glory
2024-02-20 15:56
A first world war battlefield hides a deadly secret – one that some are willing to kill for. Paul Mitchell is a young military historian whose life is changed forever when Dr Audley… Read More
Maigret And The Loner By Georges Simenon
2024-02-13 15:12
Another wonderful book from Georges Simenon about Chief Superintendent Jules Maigret and a death in Paris. A vagrant with impeccable grooming is found dead in an abandoned house and there ar… Read More
To Be Read At Dusk
2024-02-09 04:54
A short book containing three stories telling of deadly premonitions, the interception of dreams, and spectres bearing warnings. The stories are called ‘To Be Read at Dusk’, … Read More
Diary Of Hercules – Day 1
2024-02-08 05:52
The first of my labours was to go and attack the Nemean Lion in his cave at Nemea. There are lots of caves near Nemea and there’s a lion in each of them, so how do I know which one to… Read More
The Black Lizard By Edogawa Rampo
2024-02-07 21:30
Edogawa Rampo is the pseudonym of the Japanese novelist Taro Hirai and is a transliteration of Edgar Allen Poe’s name. That’s what it says on the back cover of the book and yet i… Read More
The Adventures Of Tom Bombadil
2024-02-07 04:38
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Other Verses from the Red Book was published on 22nd November 1962. In the first part of The Lord of the Rings, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin are crossi… Read More
 Pheidippides Diary
2024-02-03 06:00
I was in Greece recently and came across an amazing find, the original diary of Pheidippides or Phidippides, or Philippides. These are some extracts from one chapter: Day 1: P… Read More
Darkness At Noon By Arthur Koestler
2024-02-03 05:14
Apparently, like 1984 and Animal Farm, Darkness at Noon is a powerful work of 20th-Century literature that explores the moral danger inherent in a system that is willing to enforce its belie… Read More
The Intercom Conspiracy By Eric Ambler
2024-01-27 04:03
This is not my favourite book by Eric Ambler, but it’s still really good. The format is different with the plot being driven via transcribed dictation tape, transcribed tape intervi… Read More
Dragon Lawyer – 5
2024-01-25 17:28
This is part of Chapter 6 from a book called (at the moment) Dragon Lawyer, about Wendy, a five-foot high dragon who has become a lawyer in a magical land of various types of creature. She h… Read More
Dragon Lawyer – 4
2024-01-23 17:26
This is part of Chapter 6 from a book called (at the moment) Dragon Lawyer, about Wendy, a five-foot high dragon who has become a lawyer in a magical land of various types of creature. She h… Read More
Point Omega By Don DeLillo
2024-01-22 04:32
Point Omega is Don DeLillo’s fifteenth novel. At the end of a period working for government war planners, Richard Elster retreats to the desert, where he is joined by Jim Finley, a… Read More
Dragon Lawyer – 3
2024-01-20 17:24
This is part of Chapter 6 from a book called (at the moment) Dragon Lawyer, about Wendy, a five-foot high dragon who has become a lawyer in a magical land of various types of creature. She h… Read More
Dragon Lawyer – 2
2024-01-18 17:21
This is part of Chapter 6 from a book called (at the moment) Dragon Lawyer, about Wendy, a five-foot high dragon who has become a lawyer in a magical land of various types of creature. She h… Read More
Dragon Lawyer – 1
2024-01-16 17:13
This is part of Chapter 6 from a book called (at the moment) Dragon Lawyer, about Wendy, a five-foot high dragon who has become a lawyer in a magical land of various types of creature. She h… Read More
The Green Eyes Of Bast By Sax Rohmer
2024-01-15 01:11
Written by Sax Rohmer in 1920, this book is a good yarn. It’s a compelling story where you more or less know whodunit early on in the story, but it’s a question of why they did i… Read More
6 Books Of Knowles – Book 6
2024-01-11 23:53
There are six Inspector Knowles books set in and around Goat Parva, Manton Rempville, Willougby Waterless, and Melton Lazars. Where are these places you might ask? Well, they’re in my… Read More
2024-01-10 23:48
There are six Inspector Knowles books set in and around Goat Parva, Manton Rempville, Willougby Waterless, and Melton Lazars. Where are these places you might ask? Well, they’re in my… Read More
2024-01-09 23:43
There are six Inspector Knowles books set in and around Goat Parva, Manton Rempville, Willougby Waterless, and Melton Lazars. Where are these places you might ask? Well, they’re in my… Read More
2024-01-08 23:37
There are six Inspector Knowles books set in and around Goat Parva, Manton Rempville, Willougby Waterless, and Melton Lazars. Where are these places you might ask? Well, they’re in my… Read More
6 Books Of Knowles – Book 2
2024-01-07 23:30
There are six Inspector Knowles books set in and around Goat Parva, Manton Rempville, Willougby Waterless, and Melton Lazars. Where are these places you might ask? Well, they’re in my… Read More
2024-01-06 23:12
There are six Inspector Knowles books set in and around Goat Parva, Manton Rempville, Willougby Waterless, and Melton Lazars. Where are these places you might ask? Well, they’re in my… Read More
2024-01-01 23:00
There are six Inspector Knowles books set in and around Goat Parva, Manton Rempville, Willougby Waterless, and Melton Lazars. Where are these places you might ask? Well, they’re in my… Read More
2023-12-28 20:00
Our Cats in Amsterdam is the sequel to The Diary of a Buddhist Cat. Freddie and Gemma’s combination of daring rescues, apprehension of thieves, and stealthy listening skills have co… Read More
2023-12-27 21:01
Luckily there’s a library next door that allows cats to use the facilities, though I’m not sure whether the library realises this yet. I can even use their photocopier to produce… Read More
2023-12-26 21:00
Hello, my name is Freddie. I am a cat. I live in a house with another cat called Gemma and two humans, John, and Mary. I am about 3 years old though I can’t remember how old I am… Read More
Tree-Hugging Cats – 5
2023-12-25 20:55
I say ‘Good Morning’ to the cacti and the primroses on the window ledge and then climb down the trellis. I can feel the metal digging into my pads ever so slightly as the skin ha… Read More
Wendy Drachen – 6
2023-12-25 06:04
“You’re going to see Rapunzel next?” asked Baby Bear. “I am, she said that she had something to discuss with me and so I’m fully intending to help her.&rdquo&hell…Read More
Tree-Hugging Cats – 4
2023-12-24 20:54
Chapter 3 – Today It’s a grey day outside and rain is falling steadily. I peer through the blinds and see that there are some clear skies heading our way, so I hope when I go… Read More
Wendy Drachen – 5
2023-12-24 06:02
“Yes, we have quite a lot of land which we use to run around on, but we pigs are not like humans and feel the need to build large houses to live in. We just need a small house where we… Read More
Review Of 1984 By George Orwell
2023-12-23 23:59
Quintuple plusgood. What else can you say? I think this is the third time I’ve read this book and it never ceases to amaze. Orwell completed the first draft of this book at Barnhill… Read More
Tree-Hugging Cats – 3
2023-12-23 20:43
Compare this with the elementary particle fired towards a wall with two holes in it. Does the unobserved particle go through one hole or the other? No, it goes through both. Our world is… Read More
Wendy Drachen – 4
2023-12-23 06:00
“…so I remembered the bed in the empty house and said to my wife I’d sleep in the house, in the human bed, that would be an experience, and I’d sleep there until I w… Read More
Tree-Hugging Cats – 2
2023-12-22 20:37
John moves across to the fridge and opens the door. “Do you know when this arrived?” he asks. I drop down onto the floor and creep slowly towards the door and peer inside… Read More
Wendy Drachen – 3
2023-12-22 05:57
“Thank you, now can you address the fact that absolutely no belongings were found in the house at all, nothing to suggest to anyone that an elderly female lived there. No walking frame… Read More
Tree-Hugging Cats
2023-12-21 19:57
This is the beginning of the third Freddie and Gemma book and follows on from Two Cats in Amsterdam ================================================================ Chapter 1 – T… Read More
Wendy Drachen – 2
2023-12-20 20:00
Mrs and Mr Drachen have a daughter called Wendy. Wendy is a five-foot high dragon who wears gloves to cover her claws. She has rather rounded shoulders as her wings have evolved into wha… Read More
Wendy Drachen
2023-12-18 03:37
Mrs and Mr Drachen have a daughter called Wendy. Wendy is a five-foot high dragon who wears gloves to cover her claws. She has rather rounded shoulders as her wings have evolved into wha… Read More
Epitaph For A Spy By Eric Ambler
2023-12-18 03:19
Eric Ambler is the Agatha Christie of thriller writers – there’s never been a better one and this story proves the point as any one of the guests at the Reserve pension on the Fr… Read More
Wikipedia Of The Future
2023-12-11 07:53
This is a Wikipedia review based on the thought stream of a tourist from Iota Centauri during their visit to the Canadian prairies in the year 7575AD. There are high carbon dioxide levels… Read More
Walk The Blue Fields By Claire Keegan
2023-12-06 07:18
This book comprises eight short stories, seven taking place in western Ireland, and one on the coast of Texas. All of them are wonderful and well written, with in the background an Irelan… Read More
2023-08-27 17:10
This is a very strange book on one hand and fascinating on the other. Characters are introduced in almost every chapter but they’re never described, in fact the main character is never… Read More
Herod And Mariamne By Par Lagerkvist
2023-08-18 02:39
This is a superb short story with historical characters as the two main people in the story, indeed the only two characters who are given names. The historical story concerns many other p… Read More
2023-07-03 03:30
This is a book of 12 short stories by P.G. Wodehouse. The first six are excellent as they involve the familiar characters of Blandings Castle such as Lord Emsworth, his son Freddie Threepwoo… Read More
2023-06-26 00:28
The shy Unn and the lively Siss are in the same class at school aged around 11. Unn prefers to remain aloof from the other children whereas Siss is the centre of attention and a leader in… Read More
2023-06-13 19:39
Ivan Dragomiloff is the founder and mastermind of the secret Assassination Bureau, Ltd. The social reformer Winter Hall falls in love with Grunya, who is Dragomiloff’s daughter. When H… Read More
Good Intentions By Ogden Nash
2023-06-07 22:19
A wonderful collection of witty verses from the late 1930s and early 1940s that made me chuckle, not necessarily because they’re funny but because they’re extremely clever. Perha… Read More
2023-06-01 19:58
The star of this book is the treacherous Skeleton Coast where the action takes place at two different periods in history, in the 1950s and during WWII. Geoffrey Peace is the skipper of a… Read More
2023-05-26 03:50
Graham Greene wrote The Tenth Man in 1944 when he was under a two-year contract with MGM. The manuscript lay forgotten in their archives until 1983 . It was published two years later. Thi… Read More
2023-05-20 02:31
These are interesting essays by Walter Benjamin who is now considered to have been the most important German literary critic in the first half of the 20th century. Born into a prosperous… Read More
2023-05-13 22:37
This is a compelling novel about The Gambler, Alexey Ivanovitch, who is working in the household of a Russian General – he was only promoted to this rank on his retirement – who… Read More
2023-05-08 02:51
This book was published in 1894 and is set in the Northern wilderness of Norway. The book tells the story of a summer relationship between Lieutenant Thomas Glahn who is spending time on hol… Read More
The Figure In The Dusk
2023-04-30 02:28
John Creasey wrote more than six hundred novels using twenty-eight different pseudonyms during his career as a novelist. This is one of the Chief Inspector Roger West books known alternat… Read More
2023-04-24 03:29
This book is rather different from other books you’ll read. It’s the third novel in a series that began with Barabbas and The Sibyl. Ahasuerus is mentioned in certain Old T… Read More
2023-04-18 03:51
This novel is set in a small town in Ireland and follows the thoughts of Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant who is married with five daughters. He works hard but life is still a strugg… Read More
Time Traveller’s Diary
2023-04-15 03:34
The Greeks were going to use a real horse at Troy until… This is the diary of a time-travelling health and safety executive who tries to stop accidents through history before they… Read More
Brave New World By Aldous Huxley
2023-04-12 04:51
Aldous should have toned down his inclination to use his wide vocabulary in favour of a more mantra-like style that would have been more in keeping with the ideas in the book. This book d… Read More
Not On Any Map
2023-04-10 17:53
These places will NOT be found an any map or in any atlas. This book describes a large number of little-known tourist sights from around the world. A book for the discerning traveller who ha… Read More
2023-04-05 21:27
A superb PG Wodehouse story where aged golfer Sir Hugo Drake falls for the shot-making abilities of a beautiful woman doctor called, you’ve guessed it, Dr Sally Smith. The thing is… Read More
2023-03-28 02:40
This is a real page turner. An old wooden ship is trapped in the Antarctic ice. It set sail from Argentina to the Falkland Islands two years after the war between the UK and Argentina was… Read More
2023-03-22 04:25
Mattis is the main character of this book that deals with human relations, emotions, and sensitivities. It’s about relationships between people and between people and nature. Mattis… Read More
2023-03-15 03:07
Karl Braun is a cultured German gentleman who works as a piano tuner in the London of the mid 1960s. Many of his fellow emigres assume like them he fled to England to avoid the Nazis. In… Read More
2023-03-12 03:50
This is Page 7 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== “It’s my first morning here,” I reply. “I do… Read More
2023-03-10 03:42
This is Page 6 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== The final dining option is some small, sandy-coloured nuts that are… Read More
2023-03-08 03:36
This is Page 5 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== I wake up on my first morning in my new dwelling. I find my litter t… Read More
Office Life – Book Discount
2023-03-07 22:39
5 Days in the life of an English office – you can buy it here There’s lots of banter and insults flying around in this story. One person goes to the wrong place for the wee… Read More
2023-03-06 03:33
This is Page 4 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== Gemma’s most awful stare she reserves for the humans. This is… Read More
2023-03-04 03:29
This is Page 3 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== When John brought me to the house where I live now, he let me out of… Read More
2023-03-02 03:26
This is Page 2 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== Well, you can probably guess the rest. John saw me at the shelter an… Read More
Living Pictures By Polina Barskova
2023-02-28 21:55
Polina Barskova was born and brought up in Leningrad over 30 years after the end of the siege of that city by the Germans during WWII. The siege lasted from September 1941 to January 1944. T… Read More
2023-02-28 03:24
This is Page 1 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== Hello, my name is Freddie. I am a cat. I live in a house with ano… Read More
Keeping In Touch – Book Discount
2023-02-24 22:04
My book Keeping in Touch is available here at a discount from 24th February to 3rd March. We are closer to those further away than to those nearer to us. A story about communication in… Read More
2023-02-22 04:09
The first James Bond book that Ian Fleming wrote and I recognised some of the details from the 2006 film of the same name. Le Chiffre is a nearly bankrupt member of the secretive SMERSH o… Read More
2023-02-18 22:17
How did the Yeti receive its name? Find out in this book – available at a discount between 17th February and 24th February. You can also read: an obituary of a WWII flying ace… Read More
2023-02-08 05:00
This is the third novel in the original Laidlaw trilogy. The death of his brother Scott in an apparent accident – Scott was drunk and hit by a car driven by a newsagent – has… Read More
Stardust By Neil Gaiman
2023-01-24 03:25
This was the first time I’d read a book by Neil Gaiman. This is more of a fairy tale than say Terry Pratchett’s books. In Stardust we have the story of Tristan Thorn who li… Read More
Biggles And The Black Peril
2023-01-19 20:09
This is a fine read, a really good story, set in 1934 in which we’re introduced to the character called Ginger, who’s a really imaginative thinker and notices things that Biggles… Read More
2023-01-15 04:57
First published in Great Britain in 1937, The Hobbit must be one of the most influential books of the first half of the 20th Century and should be read by anyone who enjoys a good story… Read More
Chronicle Of A Death Foretold – Review
2023-01-12 03:15
A few hours after marrying Angela Vicario her husband, Bayardo San Roman, returns his bride to her parents. Angela’s family force her to name her first lover and once she does that, Sa… Read More
2023-01-04 04:46
This is such a sad book with an open ending but I can imagine what was going to happen. Ludwig is a young German from a humble background who gains employment with a wealthy businessman… Read More
2022-12-30 20:47
Nicolas Whistler is a young man who lives in digs in London and spends most of his spare cash on his car. He has a girlfriend that he rather likes and a job he doesn’t like. He regular… Read More
2022-12-30 04:54
Our Cats in Amsterdam is the sequel to The Diary of a Buddhist Cat. This is the link to the review on Reedsy: Freddie and Gemma’s combination of daring rescues, apprehension of t… Read More
2022-12-24 07:33
This story is not what I was expecting. In general usage, Kraken refers to a sea monster such as a large octopus or squid. In this story, there is something in the oceans of the world but… Read More
2022-12-12 02:50
She’d loved animals her whole life. When her friends expressed their sadness that no one was hunting the hunters of animals, she decided to rectify the situation.&nbs&hell…Read More
Office Life – 67% Savings
2022-12-09 01:56
A book on life in an English office called Office Life is available at a discount from 8th December to 14th December. 5 Days in the life of an English officeThere’s lots of banter… Read More
Keeping In Touch – 67% Savings
2022-12-08 00:55
My book Keeping in Touch is available here at a discount from 6th December to 13th December. We are closer to those further away than to those nearer to us. A story about communication… Read More
2022-11-14 06:46
This is an extremely long thriller at over 550 pages. It needs to be though as there are so many characters not all of whom are what they seem to be at first appearance. The good people a… Read More
2022-11-09 04:55
This novella explores fertility, masculinity, marriage, and tropical fish in contemporary Japan. There are three interconnected scenes in the book. The connection is the narrator and one… Read More
The Clothes They Stood Up In
2022-11-06 22:20
This is a superb story from Alan Bennett. As I read this, I was able to imagine listening to an audiobook of this story narrated by the author and loving the inflections of his voice. The… Read More
2022-11-03 02:53
This is a book mainly set in The Balkans in the middle of World War II. Three Yugoslavs set out from Rome to warn The Partisans about the German battle plan that will soon be launched agains… Read More
2022-10-30 19:04
This is Julian Barnes’s first book and it’s in three parts. The first and third sections are set in Metroland – a strip of suburbia in outer London – in 1963 and 1… Read More
2022-09-25 02:44
I really do appreciate the Blandings Castle books of PG Wodehouse. The characters are larger than life and magnificent in their individual traits. Here both of the pigs vying for the S… Read More
2022-09-17 21:42
This is autofiction, a form of fictionalized autobiography. Autofiction combines two mutually inconsistent narrative forms, namely autobiography and fiction. The protagonist of Marshlands… Read More
2022-09-13 01:17
Our room is a lovely blue colour with sunlight coming through a window high on the wall, so we must be in a cellar somewhere. Four beds, two in a bunk bed, and two separate, round beds are p… Read More
2022-09-12 01:16
As the train speeds up from Lille, the sun comes out, and it looks lovely outside. “It looks lovely outside, Gemma,” I say, trying to engage her in conversation. “I&r&hell…Read More
2022-09-11 01:15
At about 7pm, Mrs Elkins arrives with two cat carriers, two toys, and what looks like an overnight bag. The black cat carriers are rather luxurious and lined with material. There is a small… Read More

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