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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
The Secret History Of The Gnostics
2022-05-11 14:42
This is a book I will keep as a reference. The Gnostics were distinguished from other early Christians in their emphasis on gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge rather than faith. Accordi… Read More
2022-05-06 22:02
Karen Armstrong suggests the history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs link us to our ancestors and each other. This wonderful book takes the reader from the Palaeo… Read More
2022-05-02 20:20
Edward Palmer Thompson was an English historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner. He is best known today for his books on radical movements in particular The Making of the English Wor… Read More
2022-04-29 13:56
It’s a particularly apposite time to be reading this book when many people are re-evaluating their life in regard to their work situation and indeed whether they should stay employed i… Read More
2022-04-28 12:49
This is a high-level guide to The Holy Grail charting the origins of the quest from the early Christian gospels through to modern day stories and films. The book introduces all the charac… Read More
2022-04-26 15:12
This is the sequel to Three Men in a Boat and it is really rather good, especially when the three men – George, Harris and J – are travelling around the middle of Europe interact… Read More
2022-04-13 23:17
This book dates from around 1250AD though many of the poems contained in it are a lot older and occur nowhere else, showing what a valuable service the unknown monk who copied them down onto… Read More
2022-04-11 14:37
Eric Hobsbawm was a British historian who wrote many books on Socialism, Nationalism, and Capitalism. He was a contemporary of other Marxist historians such as Christopher Hill, EP Thompson… Read More
2022-04-04 22:35
This is the story of Yorick, a sentimental traveller, who on a whim decides to journey from England first to France and then head towards Turin in Italy. His journey takes him via Calais, Am… Read More
Jingo By Terry Pratchett
2022-03-28 16:39
I enjoyed this book but nowhere near as much as Guards ! Guards! , Men At Arms, and especially Feet of Clay, the three City Watch books before Jingo. The gas-powered appearance of the isl… Read More
2022-03-17 16:14
William Golding won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1983. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, is probably his best known work. Pincher Martin is on a navy vessel escorting a North Atlan… Read More
2022-03-14 15:40
Another wonderful story concerning Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld by Alexander McCall Smith. I’m not reading these books in the correct order, but it doesn’t matter… Read More
2022-03-06 15:56
I wonder how many people know the name of the man who sent Charles I to the scaffold in 1649? The answer is not Oliver Cromwell. I didn’t know before I read this book and that&rsqu&hell…Read More
Respectable By Lynsey Hanley
2022-03-02 12:34
Recently, I joined a book club and they send me a book a month to read and I don’t know what book I will receive. This may sound a bit odd – indeed it does sound odd when I read… Read More
2022-02-17 16:31
John Lilburne, William Walwyn, Richard Overton, Katherine Chidley, John Rede, and Thomas Rainsborough aren’t as famous as Benjamin Franklin, Robespierre, Danton, George Washington, St… Read More
Some Thoughts…
2022-02-15 23:31
For you from some of my recent magazine reading. A paradox of freedom The more people’s choices expand, the more human beings demand a stable space in which to make them. When th… Read More

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