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Keeping In Touch – 67% Savings
2022-12-07 00:41
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 22:18
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
Julian Worker – Photos
2022-12-03 03:36
Hello: I’ve made some updates to my Alamy portfolio to include recent pictures from Montreal, Powell River (BC), Ottawa, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, and… Read More
2022-12-01 22:44
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
2022-11-26 02:43
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
2022-11-20 03:33
Zeno of Citium founded Stoicism at the Stoa Poikile – the Painted Porch – a colonnade that stood outside the public market in Athens over two thousand years ago. Zeno’s… Read More
2022-11-16 03:10
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
Jeff Bezos
2022-11-15 21:08
After reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/nov/14/jeff-bezos-fortune-dolly-parton-amazon-climate-crisis I wonder why Jeff Bezos is bragging about giving most of hi… Read More
2022-11-12 02:54
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
2022-11-06 04:49
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
2022-10-26 21:32
This is a review of Avalanche Express only and not of The Heights of Zervos. This is a cold war escape story of a high-ranking member of the Politburo of the Soviet Union who defects in R… Read More
Ouseburn – Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2022-10-13 02:14
An excerpt from the book: Travels through History – North-East England At first I wondered whether I was going the correct way. I had started heading over the Byker viaduct but real… Read More
2022-09-27 03:12
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
9 Greek Islands – Mykonos
2022-09-25 02:46
I have written seven books about the history of places I have travelled to. I travel because my own father always said he would travel after he’d retired, but he never got the chanc… Read More
Durham And St Cuthbert – The Cathedral
2022-09-23 02:07
An excerpt from the book: Travels through History – North-East England The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham is the official name of Durh… Read More
Christian Beginnings By Geza Vermes
2022-09-13 15:21
This is a brilliant book that I recommend to you all, even if you’re not religious or a follower of Christianity. This book traces the evolution of the figure of Jesus from a prophe… Read More
9 Greek Islands – Rhodes
2022-09-08 02:49
I have written seven books about the history of places I have travelled to. I travel because my own father always said he would travel after he’d retired, but he never got the chanc… Read More
2022-09-06 02:01
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
9 Greek Islands – Patmos
2022-09-01 02:43
I have written seven books about the history of places I have travelled to. I travel because my own father always said he would travel after he’d retired, but he never got the chanc… Read More
2022-08-26 01:57
This Van der Walk book grew on me as the story progressed. Initially, the story didn’t grab me as the police appeared to know who the culprits were very quickly, but it was the reas… Read More
2022-08-20 21:26
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
9 Greek Islands – Symi
2022-08-18 02:40
I have written seven books about the history of places I have travelled to. I travel because my own father always said he would travel after he’d retired, but he never got the chanc… Read More
2022-08-12 01:50
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
Confessions Of St Augustine
2022-08-07 14:58
St Augustine of Hippo had a profound effect on the Catholic Church that many people don’t appreciate. In these Confessions, Augustine argues that it was human choice – Adam&rs&hell…Read More
Adam, Eve, And The Serpent
2022-08-03 14:39
This is a very informative book with many insights into the early years of Christianity. I would recommend everyone try to read it. There are many interesting facts – for example, ther… Read More
2022-07-28 20:50
Book Number 6 in the Inspector Singh series is called A Calamitous Chinese Killing. It is an enjoyable tale of a Singaporean policeman investigating the murder of a Singapore student in Beij… Read More
2022-07-24 18:03
This is a collection of interviews with America’s leading public intellectual from the time of the rise to power of Donald Trump to the end of his presidency. Noam Chomsky sheds lig… Read More
2022-07-17 16:11
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
2022-07-15 02:05
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
The Schirmer Inheritance By Eric Ambler
2022-06-03 03:49
A book I didn’t want to end as for me there are many questions left unanswered about the characters, but I can’t say what those questions are otherwise I will give away the endin… Read More
Romance Of The Grail By Joseph Campbell
2022-05-26 01:26
A book by Joseph Campbell on the Arthurian myths. Therefore, it’s learned, authoritative, and riveting to read as Campbell brings together myths from Wales, Ireland, the European conti… Read More
Synchronicity – CG Jung
2022-05-24 04:35
CG Jung first used the word synchronicity in 1930 in a memorial address for Richard Wilhelm, the translator of the I Ching or Book of Changes. Jung was seeking to explain the modus operandi… Read More
The Secret History Of The Gnostics
2022-05-21 02:45
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
2022-05-15 22:05
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
2022-05-15 03:04
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
2022-05-09 03:15
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
2022-05-05 20:23
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
2022-05-03 03:03
Kierkegaard is regarded as the founder of existentialism. In this book, a series of highlights from his major works, Kierkegaard asserts that if he were capable of grasping God objectivel… Read More
2022-04-22 01:53
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
2022-04-20 23:49
This story won the Pulitzer Prize for Thornton Wilder in 1928. This is a fictional story that explores the lives of five strangers who die in the collapse of a rope bridge on the road fro… Read More
2022-04-20 00:46
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
2022-04-19 02:40
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
2022-04-16 23:14
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
Jingo By Terry Pratchett
2022-04-06 16:45
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
2022-04-05 22:38
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
2022-03-28 22:38
This is an interesting book because it was the first to establish that: 1) There’s a connection between some part of the dream and some part of the dreamer’s life from the pre… Read More
2022-03-28 04:42
This is a strange book but fascinating nonetheless, an adulatory biography of the French writer who was a lifelong pacificist. Romain Rolland is best known for his novel, Jean-Christophe… Read More
2022-03-23 02:44
Thomas Mann subtitled the novella An Indian Legend as the story is based on an old folk tale from India. Two friends Nanda and Shridaman see the lovely Sita bathing in a local pool and ea… Read More
2022-03-21 02:35
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
Some More Thoughts…
2022-03-20 00:14
For you from some of my recent magazine reading. China Like other middle-income countries China has a debt problem about one third of its GDP is tied up in an indebted property sector… Read More
2022-03-16 03:16
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
2022-03-16 02:19
This book was written in 1898 and comprises 245 fantastic fables from Ambrose Bierce. These tales lampoon greedy politicians, judges, holy men, poets and many others. I would suggest t… Read More
2022-03-14 00:04
This story is by Mikhail Bulgakov who wrote The Master and Margarita, a considerably longer book than this one. Mikhail Bulgakov’s work was read and publicly criticised by Josef Sta… Read More
2022-03-11 04:00
I wonder how many people know the name of the man who sent Charles I to the scaffold in 1649? I didn’t before I read this book and that’s a scandal. John Cooke is the man&r&hell…Read More
Tolstoy – Selected Stories
2022-03-08 05:05
Leo Tolstoy was born into an aristocratic family in 1828. His real name was Count Lyov Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Both his parents and two guardians died before he was 12. Leo and his siblings en… Read More
Respectable By Lynsey Hanley
2022-03-06 00:37
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
2022-03-02 03:44
This is one of those books we all should read once in our lives , in fact perhaps more than once. I read this story about 30 years ago and I’m sure it didn’t make me feel like it… Read More
2022-02-21 04:28
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
Bolt From The Blue
2022-02-18 02:31
This is a short story from Reedsy “Are you there God? It’s me.” I was kneeling on a red cushion in a pew in the cathedral with the soft light from the stained glass… Read More

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