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The Uri Geller Society (UGS)
2024-02-06 03:34
This excerpt is from the book entitled 40 Strange Groups available here on Amazon ============= This society recently celebrated its 40th anniversary by holding a special spoon-bending… Read More
To Be Read At Dusk
2024-02-01 17:05
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
The Adventures Of Tom Bombadil
2024-02-01 04:48
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
Hana Videen On The Evolution Of Language
2024-01-25 08:22
An absolutely fascinating article in the New Statesman Christmas and New Year special about the evolution of the English language and the work of Hana Videen. A favourite Old English wor… Read More
Google Reviews
2024-01-21 19:36
I’m not sure if you write reviews on Google for places you’ve visited both at home and abroad, but it would appear the AI algorithm used to check the content has some very strang… Read More
Proving You’re Not Dead
2024-01-21 04:54
A retired teacher has had her pension payments stopped four times because her pension provider repeatedly refuses to accept that she is not dead. Once again, I had to check that today was… Read More
The Green Eyes Of Bast By Sax Rohmer
2024-01-17 13:23
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
Meticulous Mouse Tidies Shed
2024-01-07 22:28
Yes, you read that right here’s a mouse tidying up a photographer’s workbench in his shed in Builth Wells, Wales. I wonder what the mouse’s hourly rate is? Read More
2024-01-06 12:04
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 06:01
This excerpt is from the book entitled The Goat Parva Murders an English Murder Mystery book set in the countryside and stars two policemen who have been working together for a few years and… Read More
Cloud Of Unknowing
2023-12-26 20:27
Some thoughts from magazines I’ve read these past few days. These are from The New Statesman written by Andrew Marr. The original Cloud of Unknowing, written by a priest in the… Read More
Review Of 1984 By George Orwell
2023-12-24 12:03
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
Wendy Drachen – 2
2023-12-20 08:44
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
North Berwick
2023-12-19 04:21
Sandy beaches, glorious vistas and a bustling high street add to the charm of this pretty seaside town just half an hour from Edinburgh Read More
Wendy Drachen
2023-12-18 03:43
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 03:17
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
The Bible : A Biography By Karen Armstrong
2023-12-18 03:12
I think Karen Armstrong is the best writer in the world. This book is utterly amazing. It’s a biography of The Bible first published in 2007. It is difficult to take in all that&rsq&hell…Read More
Transport Focus, Trainline, And Refunds
2023-11-08 17:19
If you were inconvenienced in the UK recently by Storm Babet and your train journey was cancelled, did you get a refund from the company you booked the ticket(s) through? My experience wa… Read More
2023-08-31 14:12
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
Johnson At 10 – Book Review
2023-08-09 14:47
A brilliant book about a man who had the potential to be one of the great Prime Ministers of the UK and had the opportunities to be, but ultimately let himself down due to his self-centredne… Read More
The Hundred Years War By Desmond Seward
2023-07-25 14:12
The full title of this book is “A Brief History of The Hundred Years War”. Actually, the war lasted 116 years but towards the end the English were a defeated army and perhaps… Read More
Jura
2023-06-25 06:08
I went to Jura in April and I really liked the place a lot, especially the staff at the Jura Hotel who are incredibly friendly and helpful. This hotel is opposite the Jura distillery and so… Read More
2023-06-03 15:28
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
2023-05-27 17:03
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
2023-05-20 15:48
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
The Figure In The Dusk By John Creasey
2023-05-13 15:31
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
2023-05-06 16:55
Frank Close is Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics, and Fellow Emeritus at Exeter College at Oxford University. He was formerly Head of Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford A… Read More
2023-04-29 16:56
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
2023-04-22 16:25
The Shipping Forecast is a much-loved part of the British cultural landscape with an avid following of listeners, most of whom aren’t affected by the news it provides. This book des… Read More
Where On Earth?
2023-04-20 16:01
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… Read More
Time Traveller’s Diary
2023-04-16 15:43
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
2023-04-15 17:53
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
2023-04-10 15:16
I’m a bit behind in reading my New Statesman magazines, so it was only on 8th April that I read the above article from the 10-16 March 2023 edition of the magazine written by Adrian Pa… Read More
2023-04-08 17:49
This is a superb book written by a very brave man. The background is this. Bill Browder is an American-born British financier and political activist. He is the CEO and co-founder of Hermi… Read More
2023-04-01 22:30
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
2023-03-27 15:38
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
2023-03-20 16:08
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
2023-03-13 17:01
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
Office Life – 59% Off Until 14th March
2023-03-07 22:36
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 weekend… Read More
2023-03-06 16:11
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
Mystery Groups – Book Discount
2023-02-28 22:28
Do YOU have trouble putting IKEA furniture together? Yes? There’s a Buddhist group who can help in this book, which is available at a discount between 28th February and 7th March. Thes… Read More
2023-02-17 22:13
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 who fell… Read More
2023-02-13 12:27
Lawrence Durrell had a lifelong interest in and sympathy for the philosophy of Taoism. Since he read the Tao Te Ching which contains a description of the great motor of the universe and its… Read More
Stardust By Neil Gaiman
2023-02-06 15:21
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
2023-01-30 20:08
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
2023-01-23 12:29
Scholarship. I’m seriously thinking about putting all my other books that I want to read in a massive pile somewhere and just reading this author’s work one after another unti… Read More
2023-01-16 16:58
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
2023-01-05 18:49
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
On Natural Selection By Charles Darwin
2023-01-02 16:40
Who would have thought that the number of cats in a particular area would impact Red Clover density? He who believes in the struggle for existence and in the principle of natural selectio… Read More
2022-12-30 19:35
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
2022-12-20 18:51
Gwynne Dyer is a superb writer and I feel tremendously informed after reading his work. It’s no different with this superb book on the history of warfare in terms of tactics, technolog… Read More
Office Life – 67% Savings
2022-12-08 14:20
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 office There’s lots of bante… Read More
2022-12-07 02:40
Where is Freddie? Is he in the washing machine or under the bath, behind the dry stone wall, or trying to climb the tall tree in the corner of the garden? Freddie was a cat who loved b… Read More
Keeping In Touch – 67% Savings
2022-12-06 12:48
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
2022-12-06 06:48
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
2022-11-22 21:49
I’ve read a few books about Rorke’s Drift and this is one I will be keeping in my library. The book covers aspects of the battle not previously covered in anything else I’v… Read More
2022-11-16 14:56
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
2022-11-10 17:01
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
2022-11-02 14:46
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
2022-10-26 21:16
This is number 6 in the ‘Great Journeys’ series by Penguin. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu travelled to Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1716 with her husband who had been appointe… Read More
2022-10-20 13:41
This just might be the best fiction book I read in 2022. It’s utterly brilliant and yet I can’t work out why. In a way, it doesn’t matter. It combines a heroine who h… Read More
2022-10-14 14:12
Well better late than never for me to discover this poem about non-violent opposition to the oppressors, a message that will be taken up in increasing numbers as governments become more and… Read More
2022-10-08 13:52
For some reason I adore these books about Blandings Castle and yet I don’t like the Jeeves and Wooster books. I think it’s because everyone in the Blandings Castle books is so… Read More
Lindisfarne Gospels
2022-10-04 17:07
The script of the Lindisfarne Gospels is the work of one man – Eadfrith Bishop of Lindisfarne. The book is dated between AD 715-720. Before he could start he needed to obtain the sk… Read More
2022-08-25 15:14
This book is written by Edward Marston who writes the Railway Detective series. The style of writing is very similar, plenty of dialogue driving the plot strongly forwards like the engines o… Read More
2022-08-02 09:24
Written in 1936, this is a lovely story about rich males who seem able to drop their jobs / business dealings to support the son of a friend who is being threatened by unscrupulous types… Read More
2022-07-23 13:48
Rex Fortescue, Adele Fortescue, and Gladys Martin all die within a few hours. Rex was poisoned by Taxine, a poisonous constituent of yew plants, Adele was poisoned by potassium cyanide, and… Read More
2022-07-15 16:09
The Odessa File was the bestseller written after The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. In the book, Odessa are an organisation formed to protect ex-SS members and to try to implemen… Read More
The Fox By DH Lawrence
2022-07-12 14:03
The DH Lawrence novella about two girls, Banford and March, whose existence is terminally interrupted by the arrival of a soldier, whose grandfather lived on the farm that the girls are work… Read More
2022-05-15 15:07
In his 1651 book, Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes imagined the state as the biblical sea monster. Professor David Runciman examines how different philosophers down the centuries have understood the… Read More

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